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Title: Comparative analysis of escalator capacity at metro stations: theory versus practice
Authors: Kahali D.
Rastogi, Rajat
Published in: Transportation
Abstract: The studies on escalators have mainly reported the walking speeds of passengers or their passenger handling capacity. Theoretical capacity is reported as a constant value for a given escalator speed, but is never achieved in the field. This creates practitioners’ dilemma regarding augmentation of the facility as some capacity will always remain available even under high passenger flows. This paper explores the issue and proposes a reference capacity for examining the effective utilisation of the escalator. The capacity is estimated with stand-only and stand-walk etiquette. The data available in the literature and from the video graphed information at metro stations in Delhi, India is used to examine the effect of step occupancy, walking speed of passengers and their proportion in the flow. It is observed that walking-factor and step occupancy is higher in developing countries. Walking factor is estimated as 0.70–0.74 and step occupancy as 0.80–1.70. The occupancy on walking side is estimated as one passenger per two steps as compared to the reported value of one per three steps. This indicates that the flow conditions on escalators in India are more restrictive as compared to other countries. The comparison of field capacity with reference capacity has indicated that the reference capacity can be used for the evaluation of actual flow condition on escalators. © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.
Citation: Transportation, 48(6): 3121-3141
URI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-020-10160-6
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/21519
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Capacity
Escalator
Reference capacity
Step occupancy
Walking factor
Walking speed
ISSN: 494488
Author Scopus IDs: 57195253702
7202416770
Author Affiliations: Kahali, D., Transportation Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Rastogi, R., Transportation Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Funding Details: The authors acknowledge the support and permission given by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to video-graph the passenger flow data at metro stations.
Corresponding Author: Rastogi, R.; Transportation Engineering Group, India; email: rajat.rastogi@ce.iitr.ac.in
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