Title

APPLICATION OF THE TIME-SPACE CONCEPT IN ANALYZING METRO STATION PLATFORMS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1986

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - station, infrastructure - vehicle, mode - mass transit, mode - subway/metro, mode - pedestrian, mode - pedestrian

Keywords

Walkways, Walks, Transit vehicle operations, Transit operations, Transit, Traffic flow, Time-space concept, Queuing theory, Queuing models, Queueing theory, Public transit, Platforms, Pedestrian walkways, Paths, Passenger traffic, Passenger flow, Mass transit, Local transit, Footways

Abstract

Metro station platforms constitute critical nodes for a metro network, because a passenger's comfort, convenience, and safety are directly affected by the way the platforms are operated. Pedestrian activities on a platform involve the special characteristic of bulk queuing with circulation (i.e., standing and walking). Because of that, a platform should provide a holding space for standing and a circulation space for walking passengers. The time-space method was recently developed for the analysis of pedestrian traffic at urban street intersections, which also exhibit the need for holding space and circulation space. This article, based on research by Grigoriadou, is an application of the time-space method to the analysis of metro station platforms. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the usefulness of the method and encourage its use in other pedestrian facilities involving bulk queuing and circulation. (Edited author abstract)