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Public Transport to the fORe!

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  • Can OR methods help the public transport industry to break even? The article gives evidence that there exist significant potentials in this direction, which can be harnessed by a combination of modern mathematical methods and local planning knowledge. Many of the planning steps in public transport are classical combinatorial problems, which can be solved in unprecedented size and quality due the rapid progress in large-scale optimization. Three examples on vehicle scheduling, duty scheduling, and integrated vehicle and duty scheduling illustrate the level that has been reached and the improvements that can be achieved today. Extensions of such methods to further questions of strategic, online, and market-oriented planning are currently investigated. In this way, OR can make a significant contribution to answer the basic but extremely difficult question ``What is a good public transport network?.

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Author:Ralf BorndörferORCiD, Martin Grötschel, Marc PfetschORCiD
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:Public transport; duty scheduling; vehicle scheduling
MSC-Classification:90-XX OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING / 90Bxx Operations research and management science / 90B20 Traffic problems
Date of first Publication:2005/03/23
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (05-22)
Published in:Appeared in: OR/MS Today, Apr 2006, Vol 33 (2), 30-40
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