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The vehicle routing problem with coupled time windows


  • Armin Fügenschuh



In this article we introduce the vehicle routing problem with coupled time windows (VRPCTW), which is an extension of the vehicle routing problem with time windows (VRPTW), where additional coupling constraints on the time windows are imposed. VRPCTW is applied to model a real-world planning problem concerning the integrated optimization of school starting times and public bus services. A mixed-integer programming formulation for the VRPCTW within this context is given. It is solved using a new meta-heuristic that combines classical construction aspects with mixed-integer preprocessing techniques, and improving hit-and-run, a randomized search strategy from global optimization. Solutions for several randomly generated and real-world instances are presented. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2006

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  • Armin Fügenschuh, 2006. "The vehicle routing problem with coupled time windows," Central European Journal of Operations Research, Springer;Slovak Society for Operations Research;Hungarian Operational Research Society;Czech Society for Operations Research;Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR);Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research;Croatian Operational Research Society, vol. 14(2), pages 157-176, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:cejnor:v:14:y:2006:i:2:p:157-176
    DOI: 10.1007/s10100-006-0166-5

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    1. G. B. Dantzig & J. H. Ramser, 1959. "The Truck Dispatching Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 6(1), pages 80-91, October.
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