A Tactical Planning Model for Railroad Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Despite comparable volumes of hazardous materials being shipped by both rail and highway in Europe and North America, academic literature has not paid as much attention to rail. An optimization methodology is presented by the authors in this paper for rail tactical planning that includes risk and cost objectives. For each shipment in the network, the authors determine needed train types and numbers, yard activities, and routes to be used. The model's transportation risk assessment component incorporates differentiating railroad operational characteristics. A memetic algorithm-based solution methodology is developed by the authors which attempts to solve the bioobjective model through a combination of genetic and local searches. The midwestern United States' railroad infrastructure forms the basis for generating realistic theoretical problems. The authors' analysis of the solutions to such theory indicates that it is possible to not incur unacceptable operational cost increases while achieving significant population exposure reductions.

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  • Authors:
    • Verma, Manish
    • Verter, Vedat
    • Gendreau, Michel
  • Publication Date: 2011-5


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 163-174
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  • Accession Number: 01342352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2011 7:18PM