Safety of Passengers on Railway Platforms?Using Various Computers

by Kiyoshi Sasamoto, East Japan Railway Co, Tokyo, Japan,
Akio Momomoto, East Japan Railway Co, Tokyo, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Recently, it has become very important to take measures to improve platform safety in Japan. Many passengers use railway platforms all day long (from the first train to the last train). Especially in Tokyo, as a result of increased international business activities, commuter trains have become very congested and trains are being used after midnight. On the other hand, there have been no changes in the form of open platforms throughout Japanese railway history (since 1872). One possible way to insure platform safety would be to make platforms wider. This strategy, however, is unrealistic because it is very difficult for railway companies in Japan to get enough land - almost impossible in Tokyo. We have studied how to improve the safety of passengers on railway platforms through the use of various computers.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Computing in civil engineering | Safety | Passengers | Occupational safety | Databases | Construction management | Japan | Asia

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