Escalators in Rapid Transit Stations

by Robert S. O'Neill, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; De Leuw, Cather & Co., Engrs., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 1, Pg. 1-12

Document Type: Journal Paper


As it becomes more apparent that comfort and convenience must be offered to the potential passenger to encourage him to change his travel mode, newer systems intend to install many more escalators per station. Several publications present escalator capacity recommendations ranging from 9,600/hr to 10,700/hr for 48-in escalators operating at a speed of 120 fpm. While observed values were extrapolated to hourly volumes to permit comparison with existing capacity recommendations, it should be noted that peaking generally occurs within 1-min periods and a capacity value expressed in passengers per minute is more realistic. With this in mind, the recommended practical capacity would be 103 passengers per minute and the design value of 90 passengers per minute, for 48-in escalators operating at 120 fpm.

Subject Headings: Passengers | Elevators | Rapid transit systems | Travel modes | Publications | Permits | Comparative studies

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