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The Bus Touring Problem (BTP) objective is to maximize the total attractiveness of the tour by selecting a subset of sites to be visited and scenic routes to be travelled- both having associated non-negative attractiveness values- given the geographical frame considerations, constraints on touring time, cost and/or total distance. Real-life largescale BTPs can be modelled, but practically they are not solvable, being NP-complete. Thus effective heuristic methods have been developed, aimed at generating a fast near-optimal BTP solution. Unfortunately, there are specific cases in which these existing heuristics may either consume a considerable amount of time or produce poor results when solving large-sized touring problems. This paper presents a radically new approach to cope practically with real-life large-scale Bus Touring Problems: a new heuristic based on clustering first, then routing. The results of a real-life touring problem are presented.

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Affiliations: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, PO Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel.

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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