Solving a Large-Scale Multi-Depot Vehicle Scheduling Problem in Urban Bus Systems

  • Xu X
  • Ye Z
  • Li J
  • et al.
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This study proposes an improved model and algorithm for the large-scale multi-depot vehicle scheduling problem (MDVSP) with departure-duration restrictions. In this study, the time-space network is applied to model the large-scale MDVSP. Considering that crews usually change shifts in the depot, departure-duration restrictions are added to the classic set-partitioning model to ensure that buses return to the depot when crews reach their working time limits. By embedding a preliminary exploring tactic to the shortest path faster algorithm (SPFA), researchers developed an improved large neighborhood search (LNS) algorithm to solve large-scale instances of MDVSP with departure-duration restrictions. The proposed methodology is applied to a real-life case in China and several test instances. The results show that the improved LNS algorithm can achieve very good performance in computational efficiency without deteriorating solution quality, which is important for large-scale systems. More specifically, the total cost of the improved LNS algorithm is approximately equal to branch-and-price, but the computational time is much shorter in the case study. For test instances with different number of timetabled trips (500, 1000, 1500, and 2000), the Quality Gap ( QG ) is very small, approximately 0.35%, 0.38%, 0.63%, and 0.93%, while the Efficiency Ratio ( ER ) reaches up to 2.89, 2.98, 3.65, and 3.79, respectively.




Xu, X., Ye, Z., Li, J., & Wang, C. (2018). Solving a Large-Scale Multi-Depot Vehicle Scheduling Problem in Urban Bus Systems. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2018, 1–13.

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