Enhancing and Providing Safety in Transit Facility Design Using Pedestrian Simulation

The evolution of pedestrian flow analyses and modeling is continuing to progress from basic spreadsheet to rudimentary pedestrian simulation based on a grid system to newer tools that show people moving much more naturally. In any case, while all of the analytical tools are essentially based on the foundation of Jack Fruin's 1960s pedestrian flow research, and later with Benz' time-space methodologies, software and computer technologies have advanced well past the point of rudimentary, perhaps even crude imagery. By now, the appetites of architects and engineers to examine the effects of their designs on pedestrian flows before such plans were constructed are rather extreme, fueled, in part, by the savvy public's access to internet sources. So on two fronts, designers cannot afford to construct inadequately designed terminals and stations because of the obvious funding issues and now to meet end-users' expectations. This marquee project, one of the country's most visible, involves planning and designing the new transportation hub at New York City's World Trade Center site. The use of static and dynamic tools is a requirement of the authors' client to demonstrate that the agreed upon basis of designs will be achieved. But that work is now some five years out, and the advent of better software is here. The paper focuses on a number of concerns. First, briefly, how were these models developed? Second, what will the analyst see as realism? Third, what benefits accrue from the work involved to construct such a model? The results are quite dramatic, and having showed the basic model at other technical conferences, many in the audience inquired as to what the next steps were. The "next steps" are here.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 775-784
  • Monograph Title: T&DI Congress 2014: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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  • Accession Number: 01528761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413586
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2014 3:01PM