An analytical approach to the protection planning of a rail intermodal terminal network Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Rail-truck intermodal transportation has experienced remarkable growth over the past three decades, and plays a vital role in the freight transportation system in North America. Hence, a crucial issue is to guarantee continuity of service and to minimize the adverse impacts following disruption, natural or man-made. We make the first attempt to develop an analytical framework that could be used by rail intermodal owners to determine the best fortification plan in order to minimize the impact of a worst-case attack. The complexity of the resulting tri-level mathematical model motivated the development of a decomposition-based heuristic solution technique, and the resulting analytical approach was used to solve and analyze problem instances generated using the realistic infrastructure of a railroad operator.

publication date

  • March 2017