Alleviating a subway bottleneck through a platform gate

Title
Alleviating a subway bottleneck through a platform gate
AuthorMuñoz, J.3, Soza-Parra, J., Silva, C.
Line(s)Access and Mobility
Year of Publication2018
Journal TitleTransportation Research Part A
KeywordsPassengers flow management, Subway operations, Braess paradox
AbstractThis paper shows the results of an experiment in which a gate allowing only unidirectional flows was installed on the middle of a Metro platform. The results were very positive: operation of the Metro Line was improved, travel times were reduced, and both regularity and frequency of trains increased. Finally, the perception of the service by its riders also saw an improvement. The main cause of this impact is that the gate encourages riders to arrange themselves more efficiently on board the train allowing the platform to clear much more quickly.
Doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.07.004
Corresponding AuthorJuan Carlos Muñoz, jcm@ing.puc.cl