Improved Passenger Dispersal on Commuter Trains

Quicker and safer trains for all.

Investigators

This project could herald a new direction in train design – one that responds to the growing demands on public transport while still offering some respite for the travel-weary commuter.

Selby Coxon

This research proposes an alternative train carriage design that consists of a series of innovations pertinent to Melbourne but with resonance internationally.  Key features of the design improve dispersal and passenger ingress and egress.  Research showed extended dwell times due to excess passenger numbers can be reduced by three distinct rearrangements of the carriage interior. The design innovations were validated by computer crowd simulation software to establish the efficacy of passenger flow. The outcome of the modelling has shown that the concept design demonstrates a significant improvement in passenger accessibility, dispersal and dwell-time stability.