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A model for medium-term operations planning in an intermodal rail-truck service


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  • Nozick, Linda K.
  • Morlok, Edward K.
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    This paper describes a model developed for medium-term operations planning in an intermodal rail-truck system. It was motivated by the need to redesign such systems to produce 1. (1) more reliable service, 2. (2) multiple service classes, and 3. (3) better equipment and facility utilization. The model is an integer linear program, which is computationally difficult to solve. A heuristic procedure was developed which provides excellent solutions, generally within 1% of the known optimal solution to the relaxed (non-integer) problem. Thus the model and heuristic could be used on large networks. Uses of the model and possible extensions are briefly discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

    Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 91-107

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:31:y:1997:i:2:p:91-107

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    1. Yang, Hai & Bell, Michael G. H. & Meng, Qiang, 2000. "Modeling the capacity and level of service of urban transportation networks," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 255-275, May.
    2. Kraft, Edwin R., 2002. "Scheduling railway freight delivery appointments using a bid price approach," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 145-165, February.
    3. Janic, Milan, 2008. "An assessment of the performance of the European long intermodal freight trains (LIFTS)," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 42(10), pages 1326-1339, December.
    4. Bontekoning, Y. M. & Macharis, C. & Trip, J. J., 2004. "Is a new applied transportation research field emerging?--A review of intermodal rail-truck freight transport literature," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 1-34, January.
    5. Macharis, C. & Bontekoning, Y. M., 2004. "Opportunities for OR in intermodal freight transport research: A review," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 153(2), pages 400-416, March.
    6. Tsamboulas, Dimitrios & Vrenken, Huub & Lekka, Anna-Maria, 2007. "Assessment of a transport policy potential for intermodal mode shift on a European scale," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 41(8), pages 715-733, October.
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    8. Verma, Manish & Verter, Vedat & Zufferey, Nicolas, 2012. "A bi-objective model for planning and managing rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 132-149.


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