Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Eksioglu, Sandra Duni

Committee Member

Eksioglu, Burak

Committee Member

Jin, Mingzhou

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Industrial Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Natural or man-made disasters result in unfortunate events around the nation every year. Such extreme events necessitate the short-notice or no-notice evacuation of a large population from the stricken area. This research presents an optimization modeling technique to develop an evacuation plan for transit-dependent residents during no-notice disaster situation. The proposed plan relies on the application of existing public transit system of an urban area. The public transit routing plan (PTRP) problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear program. The PTRP identifies the optimal routes for transit vehicles to move evacuees from the danger zone to designated safe destinations. A heuristic TABU search algorithm is used to find high-quality solution in a reasonable amount of time. Finally, DYNASMART-P is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the developed PTRP. Numerical experiments are conducted using the traffic network of the city of Fort Worth, TX, to illustrate the proposed modeling technique.



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