Service-oriented line planning and timetabling for passenger trains

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An integrated line planning and timetabling model is formulated with the objective of minimizing both user inconvenience and operational costs. User inconvenience is modeled as the total time passengers spend in a railway system, including waiting at origin and transfer stations. The model is solved using a cross-entropy metaheuristic. The line plan and timetable of Israel Railways is used as a benchmark. Using the same amount of resources, the average journey time of passengers is reduced by 20%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Cross-entropy metaheuristic
  • Line planning
  • Railway
  • Timetabling


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