Freight Service Design for the Italian Railways Company

Marco Campetella, Guglielmo Lulli, Ugo Pietropaoli & Nicoletta Ricciardi
In this paper, we present a mathematical model to design the service network, that is the set of origin-destination connections. The resulting model considers both full and empty freight car movements, and takes into account handling costs. More specifically, the model suggests the services to provide, as well as the number of trains and the number and type of cars traveling on each connection. Quality of service, which is measured as total travel time, is...