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Standing Seats for High Capacity Trains

Lookup NU author(s): Conor O'Neill



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Silesian University of Technology, 2014.

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This paper details the design and potential implementation of standing seats in a commuter rail vehicle for the purposes of maximising capacity and revenue. The vehicle interior design is suited to the “Commuter Class” – a subset of travellers who travel primarily within the commuter belt and frequently utilise rail networks on a daily basis but require little additional space for luggage or peripherals. The concept delivers capacity increases in excess of 50% whilst still offering passengers a greater degree of personal space when compared with standing in aisles or gangways. The impact on vehicle stability and supporting intelligent systems are also discussed, delivering a unique design tailored specifically to meet the needs of the commuter class passenger.

Publication metadata

Author(s): O'Neill C, Wake M, Fu L, Samuel-Horsfall C, Kor E, Vieira J, Dong Fang Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transport Problems (Problemy Transportu)

Year: 2014

Volume: 9

Issue: Special Issue

Pages: 89-100

Print publication date: 31/10/2014

Online publication date: 31/10/2014

Acceptance date: 08/10/2014

Date deposited: 03/11/2014

ISSN (print): 1896-0596

ISSN (electronic): 2300-861X

Publisher: Silesian University of Technology