IEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Online ISSN : 1348-8155
Print ISSN : 0385-4221
ISSN-L : 0385-4221
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Application of Column Generation for Train-set Scheduling Problems with Regular Maintenance Constraints
Akiyoshi OhnoTatsushi NishiMasahiro InuiguchiSatoru TakahashiKenji Ueda
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2012 Volume 132 Issue 1 Pages 151-159


In this paper, we propose a column generation for the train-set scheduling problem with regular maintenance constraints. The problem is to allocate the minimum train-set to the train operations required to operate a given train timetable. In the proposed method, a tight lower bound can be obtained from the continuous relaxation for Dantzig-Wolfe reformulation by column generation. The subproblem for the column generation is an elementary shortest path problem with resource constraints. A labeling algorithm is applied to solve the subproblem. In order to reduce the computational effort for solving subproblems, a new state space relaxation of the subproblem is developed in the labeling algorithm. An upper bound is computed by a heuristic algorithm. Computational results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

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