A Bi-Modal Routing Problem with Cyclical and One-Way Trips: Formulation and Heuristic Solution

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A bi-modal routing problem is solved using a heuristic approach. Motivated by a recreational hiking application, the problem is similar to routing problems in business with two transport modes. The problem decomposes into a set covering problem (SCP) and an asymmetric traveling salesperson problem (ATSP), corresponding to a hiking time objective and a driving distance objective. The solution algorithm considers hiking time first, but finds all alternate optimal solutions, as inputs to the driving distance problem. Results show the trade-offs between the two objectives.

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