Zone Planning in Public Transportation Systems
In this paper, the optimal solutions of the fair zone design problem in linear station networks are studied. The fair zone design problem has been introduced in . A zone in a station network is a set of stations which are treated as a unit as far as the fares for the passengers is concerned: The zone tariff is only dependent on the starting and ending zones of their travel. A fair zoning is one where the zone tariff is as close as possible to the distance tariff which relates the fare to the actual distance of a customer trip. In particular, the goal of a fair zone design is to design zones in such a way, that that neither the public transportation company nor the customers will have major disadvantages in the transition from distance tariff to zone tariff.
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