An Optimization Procedure to Design a Minibus Feeder Service: An Application to the Sintra Rail Line
mode - bus, mode - rail, place - europe, operations - scheduling, infrastructure - stop
Mixed integer linear program, rail feeder service, optimisation
This paper presents the formulation of a heuristic encompassing a mixed integer linear program to model the synchronisation between a minibus feeder service and a mass transit system. Our formulation is divided into three main steps: the establishment of stops, scheduling and the fleet dimensioning.
This model was tested in a dense suburban area around a communting rail line in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. The results show a high potential of the tested service to feed the suburban rail service with gains for the passengers and the establishment of an economically self-sustainable service.
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Martínez, L.M. & Eiró, T. (2012). An Optimization Procedure to Design a Minibus Feeder Service: An Application to the Sintra Rail Line. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 54, pp. 525-536.