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Optimization of Urban Rail Transportation in Emerging Countries Using Operational Research Techniques

Agarana, M. C. and Anake, T. A. and Okagbue, H. I. (2016) Optimization of Urban Rail Transportation in Emerging Countries Using Operational Research Techniques. Applied Mathematics, 7. pp. 1116-1123. ISSN 1116-1123

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Rail systems are gradually becoming the most desirable form of transit infrastructure around the world, partly because they are becoming more environmentally friendly compared with airplanes and automobiles. This paper examines the place of emerging countries in this move of implementing modern rail system that will eventually enhance the realization of a low-carbon society. Network model, transportation model and linear programming algorithms are used to model the present urban rail transport system in Nigeria, as an emerging country, in order to optimize it. Operational research methods, including simplex method and MODI, with the aids of computer software (excel solver and LIP solver) were adopted to solve the resulting models. The results showed that optimization of rail transport system will not only reduce carbon emission but also bring about economic development which is required for the eradication of prevalent poverty in these emerging countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rail System, Emerging Countries, Operational Research, Network Model, Transportation Model, Linear Programming Algorithm
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Mathematics
Depositing User: Ms Ugwunwa Esse
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 12:13
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2017 11:34

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