Title

BOARDING AID DEVICES FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS ON HEAVY RAIL: EVALUATION OF ACCESSIBILITY

Authors

M DeJeammes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

planning - surveys, ridership - old people, policy - disability, economics - appraisal/evaluation, place - europe, mode - rail, literature review - literature review

Keywords

Wheelchair lifts, Senior citizens, Ramps, Platform lifts, Physically handicapped persons, People with disabilities, Passenger trains, Onboard lifts, Older people, Old people, Literature surveys, Literature reviews, Handicapped persons, Europe, Elderly persons, Disabled persons, Boarding and alighting, Boarding aid devices, Aged, Accessibility

Abstract

Because railway networks are widely developed in Europe, facilitating access to disabled passengers is a pressing issue. Steps and gaps at the entrance doors are barriers to people in wheelchairs and to people with walking difficulties. Because of the difference between platform and car floor heights, level access is not available, and boarding aid devices are necessary for disabled passengers to bridge steps or gaps. A literature survey is presented, the practices of European railways are discussed, and relevant factors for choosing the most appropriate and convenient devices for boarding and alighting train cars are analyzed. Recommendations are suggested for near-term enhancements.