A Fright Service Design Problem for a Railway Corridor

Caprara, Alberto; EnricoTMalaguti; Toth, Paolo
May 2011
Transportation Science;May2011, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p147
Academic Journal
We study the problem of designing a set of highly profitable freight routes in a railway corridor, taking into account the level of service requested by different goods; in particular, the profit achieved by transporting a good is a nonlinear function of the associated travel time. We propose an ILP model that is solved heuristically by column generation and fixing techniques. Computational results on a real corridor crossing 11 European countries are reported, showing that we can find solutions that are provably close to optimal. Given the large size of our instances, a key issue of our approach is to avoid finding an optimal solution of the continuous relaxation of our model, stopping as soon as near-optimal primal and dual solutions are available.


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