Title

Robust stop-skipping patterns in urban railway operations under traffic alteration situation

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2015

Subject Area

mode - rail, mode - subway/metro, operations - scheduling, place - asia, place - urban

Keywords

Stop-skipping approach, Train timetable patterns, Robust mathematical model, Decomposition-based heuristic algorithm, Simulated annealing algorithm

Abstract

In this paper an operation mode which is based on the stop-skipping approach is studied in urban railway lines under uncertainty. In this mode, each train follows a specific stop schedule. Trains are allowed to skip any intermediate stations to increase the commercial speed and to save energy consumption. As the commercial speed increases, the number of required trains in operation reduces and results eliminating unnecessary costs. To that end, a new mathematical model is proposed to reach the optimum stop schedule patterns. In the planning step, based on the traffic studies, the headway distributions are computed for different weekdays, and holidays. However, in practice, because of many unexpected events, the traffic may alter from what is planned. Therefore, in this condition, a robust plan is required that is optimized and immunized from uncertainty. In this paper, a new robust mathematical model, as well as two heuristic algorithms including (1) a decomposition-based algorithm and (2) a Simulated Annealing (SA) based algorithm is proposed. Finally, an Iranian metro line is studied and the optimum patterns are presented and analyzed.

Rights

Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.

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