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Solving a Real-World Train Unit Assignment Problem

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Solving a Real-World Train Unit Assignment Problem
We face a real-world train unit assignment problem for an operator running trains in a regional area. Given a set of timetabled train trips, each with a required number of passenger seats, and a set of train units, each with a given number of available seats, the problem calls for an assignment of the train units to trips, possibly combining more than one train unit for a given trip, that fulfills the seat requests. With respect to analogous case studies previously faced in the literature, ours is characterized by the fairly large number of distinct train unit types available (in addition to the fairly large number of trips to be covered). As a result, although there is a wide margin of improvement over the solution used by the practitioners (as our results show), even only finding a solution of the same value is challenging in practice. We present a successful approach, based on an ILP formulation in which the seat requirement constraints are stated in a “)-1(strong” form, deriv...
Valentina Cacchiani, Alberto Caprara, Paolo Toth
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ATMOS
Authors Valentina Cacchiani, Alberto Caprara, Paolo Toth
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