Title: Inventory-routing mathematical model in transportation fleet of a bike sharing distribution network

Authors: Mahsa Soroushnia; Hadi Shirouyehzad

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

Abstract: Todays' bike sharing system (BSS) as a non-motorised transportation system and compatible with the environment has attracted a lot of attention in the field of public transportation. One of the issues that has been considered by some researchers in recent years is bike sharing rebalancing problem that is related to the provision of the required bike for stations and their inventory management. The proposed model is an integer nonlinear programming that is able to rebalance BSS by considering the appropriate inventory policies. The purpose of this model is finding optimal routes for the fleet of vehicles (trucks) and using the suitable trucks to traverse these routes and minimising costs of rebalancing operations in multiple periods. The efficiency of the model is proved by solving two numerical examples by the GAMS software.

Keywords: bike sharing system; BSS; bike sharing rebalancing problem; BRP; inventory-routing problem; IRP; mathematical modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2020.106091

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2020 Vol.34 No.4, pp.494 - 513

Received: 13 Feb 2018
Accepted: 28 Jul 2018

Published online: 19 Mar 2020 *

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