Planning Problems in Public Transit

  • Ralf BorndörferEmail author
  • Martin Grötschel
  • Ulrich Jäger


Every day, millions of people are transported by buses, trains, and airplanes in Germany. Public transit (PT) is of major importance for the quality of life of individuals as well as the productivity of entire regions. Quality and efficiency of PT systems depend on the political framework (state-run, market oriented) and the suitability of the infrastructure (railway tracks, airport locations), the existing level of service (timetable, flight schedule), the use of adequate technologies (information, control, and booking systems), and the best possible deployment of equipment and resources (energy, vehicles, crews). The decision, planning, and optimization problems arising in this context are often gigantic and “scream” for mathematical support because of their complexity.


Public Transport Planning Problem Public Transit Service Design Crew Schedule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Borndörfer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin Grötschel
    • 2
  • Ulrich Jäger
    • 3
  1. 1.Dres. Löbel, Borndörfer & Weider GbRBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Zuse Institute BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.WSW mobil GmbHWuppertalGermany

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