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Author(s): Luís Couto Maia
António Fidalgo Couto
Title: A Strategic Rail Network Optimization Model for Freight Transportation
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: An optimization model for a rail freight network was developed as asupport tool for planning and policy decisions involved in the improvementof rail networks on a regional and national level. The model wasbased on a strategic traffic assignment model, which was designed tomodel macronetworks with a high aggregation level, and was exclusivelydesigned for freight traffic. The model contemplates road and railtransport modes and considers two types of cargo: intermodal cargo,which is generally transported in containers and is easily interchangedbetween different modes at intermodal terminals, and general cargo,which represents all the remaining cargo. The optimization process wasbased on a local search heuristic that delivers good solutions in a reasonablecomputing time. The quality of each network improvement solutionwas assessed on the basis of the reductions in total generalized costsand carbon dioxide emissions. This optimization model for a freightnetwork is innovative because it is not limited: both the improvementof existing links and the construction of new ones are allowed, and themodel does not have a limit on the number or variety of possibilitiesfor network improvement. The adaptability to different conditions wasemphasized when the model was applied to two networks under differentinvestment scenarios because the model delivered considerablydifferent solutions adapted to the conditions of each scenario.
Subject: Engenharia de infra-estruturas, Engenharia civil
Infrastructures engineering, Civil engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia civil
Engineering and technology::Civil engineering
Source: TRB 92th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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