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JMT 2014, Vol. 22 Issue (3) :174-182    DOI: 10.1007/s40534-014-0059-6
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Estimation method for a skip-stop operation strategy for urban rail transit in China
Zhichao Cao1, Zhenzhou Yuan1, Dewei Li2*
1. MOE Key Laboratory for Urban Transportation Complex Systems Theory and Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China;
2. Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China

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Abstract The skip-stop operation strategy (SOS) is rarely applied to Chinese urban rail transit networks because it is a simple scheme and a less universally popular transportation service. However, the SOS has performance advantages, in that the total trip time can be reduced depending on the number of skipped stations, crowds of passengers can be rapidly evacuated at congested stations in peak periods, and the cost to transit companies is reduced. There is a contradiction between reducing the trip time under the SOS and increasing the passengers’ waiting times under an all-stop scheme. Given this situation, the three objectives of our study were to minimize the waiting and trip times of all passengers and the travel times of trains. A comprehensive estimation model is presented for the SOS. The mechanism through which the trip time for all passengers is affected by the SOS is analyzed in detail. A 0-1 integer programming formulation is established for the three objectives, and is solved using a tabu search algorithm. Finally, an example is presented to demonstrate that the estimation method for the SOS is capable of optimizing the timetable and operation schemes for a Chinese urban rail transit network.
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KeywordsSkip-stop operation strategy   Chinese urban rail transit network   Integer programming   Genetic algorithm     
Received 2014-05-15;

This work was financed by the National Basic Research Program of China, under project ID 2012CB725403.

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Zhichao Cao, Zhenzhou Yuan, Dewei Li.Estimation method for a skip-stop operation strategy for urban rail transit in China[J]  JMT, 2014,V22(3): 174-182
http://jmt.swjtu.edu.cn/EN/10.1007/s40534-014-0059-6      or     http://jmt.swjtu.edu.cn/EN/Y2014/V22/I3/174
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