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Symmetry 2018, 10(9), 391;

Modeling the Service Network Design Problem in Railway Express Shipment Delivery

School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
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Received: 22 August 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 2 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Engineering Sciences)
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As air pollution becomes increasingly severe, express trains play a more important role in shifting road freight and reducing carbon emissions. Thus, the design of railway express shipment service networks has become a key issue, which needs to be addressed urgently both in theory and practice. The railway express shipment service network design problem (RESSNDP) not only involves the selection of train services and determination of service frequency, but it is also associated with shipment routing, which can be viewed as a service network design problem (SNDP) with railway characteristics. This paper proposes a non-linear integer programming model (INLP) which aims at finding a service network and shipment routing plan with minimum cost while satisfying the transportation time constraints of shipments, carrying capacity constraints of train services, flow conservation constraint and logical constraints among decision variables. In addition, a linearization technique was adopted to transform our model into a linear one to obtain a global optimal solution. To evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of our approach, a small trial problem was solved by the state-of-the-art mathematical programming solver Gurobi 7.5.2. View Full-Text
Keywords: express shipment; service network design; linearization technique; railway network express shipment; service network design; linearization technique; railway network

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Liu, S.; Lin, B.; Wu, J.; Zhao, Y. Modeling the Service Network Design Problem in Railway Express Shipment Delivery. Symmetry 2018, 10, 391.

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