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A constraint generation algorithm for the construction of periodic railway timetables

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  • Odijk, Michiel A.
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    This paper addresses the problem of constructing periodic timetables for train operations. We use a mathematical model consisting of periodic time window constraints by means of which arrival and departure times can be related pairwise on a clock, rather than on a linear time axis. Constructing a timetable, then, means solving a set of such constraints. This problem is known to be hard, i.e. it is NP-complete. We describe a new algorithm to solve the problem based on constraint generation and work out a real-life example. It appears that, for problem instances of modest, yet non-trivial, size, the algorithm performs very well, which opens a way to thorough performance analysis of railway systems by studying a large number of possible future timetables.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 455-464

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:30:y:1996:i:6:p:455-464
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    1. Serafini, Paolo & Ukovich, Walter, 1989. "A mathematical model for the fixed-time traffic control problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 152-165, September.
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