Good, better, best! About optimization in public transport



The last decades, optimization has been successfully applied for tactical and operational planning problems in public transport. The main objective was cost reduction. This goal will also be important in the years to come. In this inaugural lecture, it will be discussed how to find the “best” planning. Another important area within public transport is the improvement of the passenger’s service. In particular, improving the reliability of travelling by train will be discussed. Delays are after all one of the big annoyances of the traveler. By using “good” optimization, public transport can also be made “better” in this aspect.