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International Journal of Railway Technology
IJRT, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2016
A New Framework to Evaluate Passenger Interactions at Platform Train Interfaces
S. Seriani1, T. Fujiyama2 and G. De Ana Rodriguez3
1Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
University College London, United Kingdom and
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Chile
S. Seriani, T. Fujiyama, G. De Ana Rodriguez, "A New Framework to Evaluate Passenger Interactions at Platform Train Interfaces", International Journal of Railway Technology, 5(4), 1-23, 2016. doi:10.4203/ijrt.5.4.1
Keywords: pedestrian, matrix, behaviour, interaction, platform, station.
Platform train interfaces (PTIs) are spaces with high interactions between passengers boarding and alighting. A simple framework is proposed to help designers and planners to identify and benchmark the degree of interaction when crowd management measures are used such as platform edge doors (PEDs). Firstly, a conceptual model is created to represent the interaction problems, followed by the definition of variables. Then, the degree of interaction is defined based on the density and perception of risk. Finally, the results are presented in a matrix that groups the variables according to the area where the interaction happens, and to the type of users that are affected. As a case study, the framework is applied in this paper to two existing stations (with and without PEDs). The results show that the new framework is able to describe well the phenomena of high interactions and can be used to evaluate suitable crowd management measures in railway infrastructure and to communicate interaction problems in a simple and effective way.
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