Two Means of Alleviating Rush-Hour Crowding

by Charles Libove, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Mech. and Aerospace Engrg., Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, NY,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 845-861

Document Type: Journal Paper


Two means are suggested for increasing the rush-hour capacity of urban train systems already operating trains of maximum headway. They are: (1) replacing some or all of the regular cars by standee-only cars; and (2) using double-length trains and, at the stations, having each train first stop with its front half alongside the station platform, and then advance to put its second half alongside the platform. A theoretical analysis shows that in some cases these methods can lead to a significant increase in the carrying capacity of a system. Formulas are presented for estimating the increase achievable in any particular case.

Subject Headings: Railroad trains | Railroad stations | Commute | Urban areas | Load bearing capacity

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