Title

A MULTIOBJECTIVE MODEL FOR PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES PLANNING: APPLICATION TO TAIWAN'S HIGH-SPEED RAIL LINE

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

operations - scheduling, operations - traffic, planning - methods, land use - planning, ridership - demand, economics - operating costs, mode - rail

Keywords

Travel time, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel demand, Transportation planning, Taiwan, Schedules and scheduling, Railroad transportation, Rail transportation, Passenger trains, Passenger traffic, Operating costs, Multiobjective programming models, Journey time, High speed trains, High speed rail, Formosa, Empirical methods, Cost of operation, China (Republic : 1949- )

Abstract

This paper develops a multi-objective programming model for the optimal allocation of passenger train services on an intercity high-speed rail line without branches. Minimizing the operator's total operating cost and minimizing the passenger's total travel time loss are the 2 planning objectives of the model. For a given many-to-many travel demand and a specified operating capacity, the model is solved by a fuzzy mathematical programming approach to determine the best-compromise train service plan, including the train stop-schedule plan, service frequency, and fleet size. An empirical study on the yet-to-be built high-speed rail system in Taiwan was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model. The case study shows that an optimal set of stop-schedules can always be generated for a given travel demand. To achieve the best planning outcome, the number and type of stop-schedules should be flexibly planned, and not constrained by specific stopping schemes as often set by the planner.

Comments

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