- 2012 IEEE. This paper proposes a method for studying the reliability implications of line switching operations in power systems. Two case studies are conducted on RTS and IEEE 118-bus system to illustrate this method. This method is designed to explore previously overlooked areas in reliability evaluation of line switching operations. Line removal test is proposed to obtain simulation data of the system, and then with risk analysis and impact analysis, six reliability indices are used to evaluate reliability performance of each transmission line in the system. Instead of the traditionally used mean value, this method introduces variance into analysis. Weibull distribution is used to reconstruct distributions of reliability indices which provide worst case scenario comparisons in reliability evaluation. Eventually, with results obtained from the proposed reliability evaluation method, categorization for line switching operations is introduced to classify all transmission lines based on their reliability performance. The categories provide reliability implications of line switching operations and can be used for guidance in actual operations.