Successful Small Train Stations: An Approach to Regenerate Rural and Suburban Small Train Stations

Although small rail stations fill a valuable if overlooked role in public transportation, their neglect has often led to severe degradation. Small train stations serve as feeders for the wider rail network and can promote the availability of this network while increasing ridership and passenger fare revenues. However, their low passenger numbers make them a low priority for government and train operating companies. This neglect can lead to poor visibility, poor connection to other public transportation, and an unclean and unsafe atmosphere. The International Union for Public Transport is analyzing the performance of small stations in order to prioritize possible solutions. Four factors for successful small stations have been determined by the working group: the quality and quantity of public transport stopping at the station; the place or location of the station in the network and village; station assets; and the use of the station and station buildings. A small station performs well if all four factors are optimal. Since the main reason for customers to go to small stations is the train, the station must be recognizable as a train stop and the train must be visible from the outside of the station. The working group is planning to create a toolkit for decision makers that will contain an analysis tool, solutions, guidelines and recommendations for various small station situations.

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    • Marien, Roger J A
    • Vader, Rinus
  • Publication Date: 2009-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01149098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 11:34PM