Exploring the Effect of Boarding and Alighting Ratio on Passengers’ Behaviour at Metro Stations by Laboratory Experiments

The objective of this work was to study the effect of the ratio between passengers boarding and alighting on the passengers’ behavior at metro stations. A mock-up of a vehicle and the relevant portion of the platform was built to run a series of simulation experiments at University College London’s Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA). Different scenarios were tested based on the next generation London Underground trains. The scenarios were classified according to different load conditions. Four types of behavior are described. In most cases boarding is first, and passengers compete for space to enter the train. In the case of alighting, first passengers are faster than the rest of alighters due to the space available on the platform as boarding passengers give way to those who are getting off the train. In addition, alighters form lanes of flow depending on the number of passengers waiting to board the train on the platform. With respect to the train, if the density inside the train is higher than 4 passengers per square meter, then the flow at the doors starts to decrease. More experiments are needed to study the relationship between platform density and boarding and alighting time.

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    • © 2019 Sebastian Seriani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
  • Authors:
    • Seriani, Sebastian
    • Fernandez, Rodrigo
    • Luangboriboon, Nattanon
    • Fujiyama, Taku
  • Publication Date: 2019


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  • Accession Number: 01717098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2019 9:17AM