Opinions of Intermodal Transfer Functions of Urban Railway Systems: A Case Study of Delhi Metro

Actual ridership of urban railway systems recently developed especially in the developing world tends to be lower than forecast. While low ridership is caused by several factors, this research focuses on intermodal transfer functions at railway stations, identifying current problems and vital issues of intermodal transfer functions at railway stations. Taking the Delhi Metro System as a case study, this paper presents the result of a Questionnaire Survey, which was conducted to identify satisfactory levels of Metro users and non-Metro users in terms of intermodal transfer facilities and services along with their improvement needs. Metro stations were classified into four groups based on the characteristics of each station. A representative station was selected from each group and the Survey was conducted around this station. Improvement needs that were revealed in the Survey imply several significant measures for strengthening the intermodal mobility of the Metro. Those include not only physical improvement of railway stations such as a barrier-free system but also improvement of intermodal facilities including user-friendliness of transport facilities (e.g., pedestrian walks, parking lots), enhancement of the convenience level for transferring activities by improving physical conditions (e.g., shorter walking distance for transfer), and provision of safe and comfortable waiting space for transferring passengers. Furthermore, over half of the Metro users residing in suburban areas desire the improvement of feeder bus services in terms of service accessibility, frequency, and operational punctuality. These proved to be the vital points to strengthen the intermodal functions of the overall public transport network in Delhi.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01156949
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-3937
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 12:01PM