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

Author : Emmanuel Matsika

Published in: Sustainable Rail Transport

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

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.

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Metadata
Title
Interior Train Design of Commuter Trains: Standing Seats, and Consideration for Persons with Reduced Mobility
Author
Emmanuel Matsika
Copyright Year
2018
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58643-4_5

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