Among our company’s most significant innovations and advances in terms of rolling stock and human resource planning on urban transport networks, special mention has to be given to the Metrolink optimization project.  This transport network, located in Manchester (UK) with 7 lines covering a total of 73 kilometres across the entire city has managed to optimize its whole system as a result to the planning processes carried out by GoalRail®metro.


In the complex scenario of urban rail transport networks, Goal Systems have proven their superiority in terms of optimizing all operations, as well as their extraordinary development in the management and control of positions, tracks, and manoeuvres in stations and depots. Hence, such an elaborate system as that of Metrolink, has carried out its entire planning process with our company, achieving a much faster expansion than expected. The successful weekly re-planning of schedules and new shifts required to open all the extensions of its network on time would have been far more difficult without GoalRail®metro.

There can be no doubt that urban rail is an essential mode of transport for millions of passengers all around the globe ensuring that they reach their destination. However, not all networks are equally effective. We shall therefore look at the most functional networks in the world:

The Taipei Metro (Taiwan)

In a city with a population exceeding two million(six million if we include neighbouring urban areas), users have to navigate the city’s complex urban transport system on a daily basis. However, the speed of the metro, the numerous lines available and the price of tickets have made Taipei metro the best solution for counteracting traffic congestion problems, with some accesses to the city collapsing on a day-to-day basis.

This is an urban underground network, stretching 131.1 kilometres with 5 lines covering 117 stations and transporting an average of 2 million passengers on a daily basis.

‘The Tube’ – The London Underground (UK)

The famous London “Tube” was the world’s first underground railway, established in 1863 and therefore,also the most obsolete. However, we cannot forget that the London underground carries approximately one billion passengers a year, nor the vast number of lines and stations that form part of the network. Eleven lines cover 274 stations for more than 408 kilometres, representing one of the largest underground networks in the world.

The Paris Metro

The Paris Metro, inaugurated in 1900, is a rapid transit system operated by the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), servicing the French capital currently the second busiest metro system in Europe. Internationally recognized as being one of the best transport systems in terms of service density, frequency and safety, it has a network of 214 kilometres, with approximately 300 stations and provides a daily service to 4.5 million passengers.

Since 2014, lines A and B of the Paris RER (which forms part of its metro network) use GoalRail®metro and GoalStaff® for their planning systems. It is a highly complex project since the lines are run by two different operators (RATP and SNCF). The RER A crosses the city of Paris from east to west while the RER B crosses it from north to south reaching the two airports. Goal Systems’ vast experience in resource optimization together with significant year-over-year investment in R&D,, have played a vital role in being awarded this highly complex project.


Madrid Metro (Spain)

Since 1919 Madrid has become the second largest metro network in Europe, with long underground sections. It is one of the busiest underground systems and has a light metro network that links the large outlying districts of Madrid, making it one of the most functional means of metropolitan transport in Spain.

Madrid Metro has 301 stations and 13 lines, carrying over 500 million passengers over 294 kilometres of network every year.

Río de Janeiro Metro (Brazil)

Other modern networks showing a commitment to innovation to which have gained considerable prestige in recent years have already implemented GoalRail®metro and GoalDriver®, with the goal of planning and programming their operations in the most optimum way possible.

All of these rail transport networks have an efficient design that enables them to carry millions of passengers every day. In order to guarantee the highest standards of quality for all of them, these systems have to be sustainable. To achieve this, Goal Systems undoubtedly provides greater profitability and optimizes the process of human and material resources management.

Micaela Gomez

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