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Quicker and safer trains for all.

“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.

Investigator
Selby Coxon

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Interior view of train showing stowed peak door seats. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Interior view of train, showing all day vestibule area. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Elevations of train exterior. Illustration created by Selby Coxon.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Plan view of train exterior roof window configuration. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Side view of train exterior. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Side elevation of folding seat assembly. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Three quarter view of central folding seat cluster. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Interior view of train looking at the central seat cluster. Alias model undertaken by Ilya Fridman.

Improved passenger dispersal on commuter trains

Simulation of dispersal behavior created on Unity. Code written by Elliott Wilson.

MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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