Each day, CSX Railway allocates hundreds of empty railcars among hundreds of customer car orders. In 1997, it implemented the US rail industry’s first real-time, fully integrated equipment-distribution optimization system, the dynamic car-planning system (DCP). DCP seamlessly integrates operations research modeling into CSX’s process that assigns empty cars… (More)
Figure 4: DCP integrates tightly with the CSX operational process. A car might receive many assignments before it begins moving and is a candidate for assignment at each intermediate handling yard. The car assignment is held by DCP until needed by operations, effectively deferring final decisions until necessary.