This paper describes the application of a linear programming model to the routing of empty railroad cars to determine where excess capacity exists. One of the more important results is simply that the solution of a model of this size and complexity is feasible. The model showed that there were a number of railroad routes over which an appreciable flow of empty cars moved and that filling these cars could provide very low cost transportation. Finally, the solution of the linear programming problem provides a series of shadow prices for cars in different locations that can be used in setting rates, which is a new approach to incorporating directional factors into rate setting.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-43
  • Monograph Title: Transportation characteristics of truck, rail and water freight
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  • Accession Number: 00139646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024919
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1976 12:00AM