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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1650839, 15 pages
Research Article

Schedule-Based Passenger Assignment for High-Speed Rail Networks considering the Ticket-Booking Process

1School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410075, China
2Institute of Computing Technologies, China Academy of Railway Sciences, Beijing 100081, China

Received 20 March 2016; Revised 10 May 2016; Accepted 11 May 2016

Academic Editor: Luca D’Acierno

Copyright © 2016 Huanyin Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper proposes a schedule-based passenger assignment method for high-speed rail networks considering the ticket-booking process. Passengers book tickets to reserve seats during the presale period in high-speed rail systems and passengers on trains are determined during the ticket-booking process. The ticket-booking process is modeled as a continuous and deterministic predecision process. A solution algorithm is designed using the discretization of the continuous process by partitioning the ticket-booking time and the optimal paths remain constant in any partition interval. Finally, an application to the Chinese high-speed rail network is presented. A comparison of the numerical results with the reality is conducted to validate the efficiency and precision of the method and algorithm. Based on the results, the operating efficiency of the current train schedule is evaluated and some specific improvement measures are proposed.