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Standing seats for high-capacity trains

Lookup NU author(s): Conor O'Neill


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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.

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transport Problems

Year: 2014

Volume: 9

Pages: 89-100

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1896-0596

ISSN (electronic): 2300-861X

Publisher: Silesian University of Technology