Attraction area division and freight flow organization optimization of inland railway container terminal

    Chuanzhong Yin Affiliation
    ; Yu Lu Affiliation
    ; Ziru Wang Affiliation
    ; Yang Yan Affiliation
    ; Xinpei Xu Affiliation


The attraction area division is the foundation of distribution and organization of freight flow among railway stations. The development of railway container terminal, large railway freight distribution center, is closely related to logistics planning and economy development of local city. In this study, we divide freight flow attraction area of inland railway container terminal by using gravity model, break-point model and weighted-Voronoi-diagram with SPSS and ArcGIS. And then under the target of minimal cost and time window limitations, we develop 0–1 integer programming model for freight flow organization optimization between inland terminal and its attraction area. Finally, this paper takes railway container terminal in Harbin as an example to test model feasibility under different speeds from different transportation modes. The results show that it is necessary to divide attraction area when choosing reasonable transportation mode from feeder nodes to railway container terminal. The improvement of feeder transportation speed is an effective method to improve freight volume, increase railway revenue and realize sustainable development of China Railway (CR) Express.

First published online 18 March 2021

Keyword : freight transportation, China Railway Express, gravity model, break-point model, 0–1 integer programming

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Yin, C., Lu, Y., Wang, Z., Yan, Y., & Xu, X. (2021). Attraction area division and freight flow organization optimization of inland railway container terminal. Transport, 36(3), 283-296.
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