This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 3 2022.
In the case of passenger trains, the aim is often to maximise the number of seats.
It is expected that this will improve profitability as more people can be transported. In reality, however, maximising the number of seats always leads to a reduction in efficiency, as in rail transport in particular this means that baggage stowage is greatly undersized and is not designed to meet the needs of travellers. In addition, the necessary movement space for passengers is greatly restricted in all vehicle types.
The majority of travellers do not want to or cannot lift their baggage and want to have visual contact with it at all times. In the case of inadequately designed baggage stowage, this means that baggage is often stowed on or in front of seats or in the aisle. Furthermore, the baggage volume in the design of vehicles is often strongly underestimated. The consequences are blocked seats and aisle areas and thus a lower possible seat occupancy rate, higher safety risk, significantly longer dwell time, reduced punctuality, higher energy consumption and greatly reduced passenger comfort with increasing dissatisfaction. All this leads to a significant reduction in efficiency!
TrainOptimizer® is a brand-new software tool with which you can check the efficiency of any vehicle-interior design with just a few clicks. You can compare any variants of a wagon or train and get a clear picture of how long the average dwell time will be, how many pieces of baggage cannot be stowed properly and how high the proportion of unusable seats is or the actual achievable capacity degree.
A variety of special queries are possible with the aim of determining the most efficient layout. TrainOptimizer® is an online tool with the big advantage that time-consuming installations and updates are no longer necessary, and you can access all functionalities from any computer.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, 2023: Get the Best Out of Your Vehicles!
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