Title

School bus selection, routing and scheduling.

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Keywords

Operations Research.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to develop formulations and exact algorithms for the school bus routing and scheduling problem and to develop an integrated software implementation using Xpress-MP/CPLEX and ArcGIS of ESRI, a geographical information system software package. In this thesis, bus flow, single commodity flow, two-commodity flow, multi-commodity flow, and time window formulations have been developed. They capture all of the important elements of the School Bus Routing and Scheduling Problem (SBRSP) including homogeneous or heterogeneous bus fleets, the identification of bus stops from a large set of potential bus stops, and the assignment of students to stops and stops to routes. They allow for the one stop-one bus and one stop-multi bus scenarios. Each formulation of the SBRSP has a linear programming relaxation and we present the relationships among them. We present a Branch-and-Cut exact algorithm which makes use of new linearization techniques, new valid inequalities, and the first valid equalities. We develop an integrated software package that is based on Geographical Information System (GIS) map-based interface, linking to an Xpress-MP/CPLEX solver. The interface between GIS and Xpress-MP is written in VBA and VC++.Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .K4. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-11, Section: B, page: 6250. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.