Route Mode Planner (RMP)

RMP is optimization modeling based decision tool that helps to identify ‘k’ shortest or cheapest routes between a set of origin-destination (o-d) pairs. It is useful for a firm to identify the best routes for transportation. Governmental and policy making agencies can use it to optimally plan for expansion/upgrade of transport infrastructure network in a region.

Outputs/Decision variables

RMP's core model is an optimization based heuristic that can quickly calculate the 'k' shortest or cheapest routes for transportation between a set of o-d locations. It can consider both single mode and multiple-mode transport routes. Equipped with a GIS interface, RMP allows easy update of transport network data and user-friendly analysis of results.


User has the following choices of objective on which the model performs optimization

  • Minimize total transport cost
  • Minimize distance travelled
  • Minimize average transport lead time

Questions RMP can help answer

  • What are the ‘k’ most economical routes for transport between a given set of origin-destination locations?
  • Will the solution change if additional tax is applied for cross-border transportation?
  • Will the solution change if alternative criteria like distance or lead time are preferred?
  • Sensitivity analysis: What is the impact of changes in the following parameters on the ‘k’ best routes solution:
    • Handling cost at terminal points
    • Cost of mode switching
    • Variable transport (fuel and O&M) cost
    • Construction of a new mode-link
    • Closure of an existing mode-link