METRO unattended train operation: the way of the future
Within the urban public transport sector the significant increasing of transport demand, passengers requirements in terms of service comfort, efficiency and punctuality and the restricted budgets of regional and local Authorities to operate the mass transit infrastructures, oblige the Authorities and the Operators to steer towards transportation systems offering at first a very high-quality, attractive and reliable service as a real alternative to the private cars to answer to the passengers requirements and at second, as staff represent a significant part of the costs of running a metro system, a low operating costs. The Unattended Transportation Systems provides an opportunity to improve both service and economic efficiency. Considering that the reduction of waiting time and the punctuality are essential to provide a high quality service and to attract more passengers to public transport, it is important to underline that the Unattended systems may be operated at very short headways during peak hours (up to 75 sec) in compliance with high efficiency standards. Since they are unattended and require a very short staff for operation, the service frequency can also be kept at an acceptable level during off-peak hours, without incurring in significant operating costs. Such systems can also respond quickly to changes in passenger-flows, operating in a ‘demand-responsive’ mode. Safety is of course a major concern for Operators of any transport mode. Therefore it is important to highlight that the high safety record of unattended fully automated systems has been proven by many experiences and it is now widely accepted and appreciated by the passengers.
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- Marino P
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pagination: 5p.
- Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2010, the rail plan: where? 23-24 November 2010, Perth, WA, Australia
- TRT Terms: Economic efficiency; Level of service; Railroad transportation; Travel demand management
- ATRI Terms: Demand elasticity; Efficiency; Level of service; Rail transport; Transport demand
- Subject Areas: Economics; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 01516964
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: ARRB
- Files: ATRI
- Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:01PM