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Interior Train Design of Commuter Trains: Standing Seats, and Consideration for Persons with Reduced Mobility

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emmanuel Matsika


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© 2018, Springer International Publishing AG.Rail transport plays an increasing role in addressing the transport demand posed by increased population and urbanisation. Commuter trains have particularly been useful in addressing the urban mobility problem. A challenge, however exists because the demand for this service has outstripped the rate at which rail systems can be expanded. One solution is to increase the seating capacity through reduced seat pitch. Another way is to increase the standing capacity, at the expense of passenger comfort. This chapter examines how standing seats can be a solution—a compromise between the comfort of sitting, and also increasing the seating capacity. While standing seats may result in capacity increase of over 50%, it is also imperative to consider other legal requirements that may be a limiting factor. This chapter considers the effect that allowing for wheelchair seating space—a legal requirement—has on the increase of train seating capacity (and potential revenue) through installation of standing seats.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Matsika E

Editor(s): Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: RailNewcastle Talks 2016

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 59-75

Print publication date: 13/07/2017

Online publication date: 13/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN: 2196-5552

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58643-4_5

Notes: Book Title: Sustainable Rail Transport

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Mobility

ISBN: 9783319586427