Solving school bus routing problems through integer programming

Bektas, T. and Elmastas, S. (2007) Solving school bus routing problems through integer programming. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58, (12), 1599-1604. (doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602305).


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In this paper, an exact solution approach is described for solving a real-life school bus routing problem (SBRP) for transporting the students of an elementary school throughout central Ankara, Turkey. The problem is modelled as a capacitated and distance constrained open vehicle routing problem and an associated integer linear program is presented. The integer program borrows some well-known inequalities from the vehicle routing problem, which are also shown to be valid for the SBRP under consideration. The optimal solution of the problem is computed using the proposed formulation, resulting in a saving of up to 28.6% in total travelling cost as compared to the current implementation.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0160-5682 (print)
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Keywords: school bus routing, integer programming, exact solution, open vehicle routing problem, capacity constraints, distance constraints
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 47178
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:31

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