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Railway Track Allocation - Simulation and Optimization

Please always quote using this URN: urn:nbn:de:0297-zib-13632
  • Today the railway timetabling process and the track allocation is one of the most challenging problems to solve by a railway infrastructure provider. Especially due to the deregulation of the transport market in the recent years several suppliers of railway traffic have entered the market. This leads to an increase of slot requests and then it is natural that conflicts occur among them. Furthermore, railway infrastructure networks consist of very expensive assets, even more they are rigid due to the long-term upgrade process. In order to make best use of these valuable infrastructure and to ensure economic operation, efficient planning of the railway operation is indispensable. Mathematical optimization models and algorithmic methodology can help to automatize and tackle these challenges. Our contribution in this paper is to present a renewed planning process due to the liberalization in Europe and a general framework to support the integration of simulation and optimization for railway capacity allocation.

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Author:Thomas Schlechte
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:railway capacity; railway models; track allocation framework
CCS-Classification:D. Software
Date of first Publication:2011/07/27
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (11-32)
Published in:Appeared in: Proceedings of 4th International Seminar on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (IAROR), I.A. Hansen et al. (eds.) 2011, vol. 4,
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen
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