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167510-1 Report Abstract

Platoon Pedestrian Movement Analysis: A Case Study Utilizing the Market Street Station in Denver, Colorado

Scott Anthony James and C. Michael Walton, University of Texas at Austin, December 2000, 108 pp. (167510-1)

The objective of this paper is to provide empirical confirmation of a recommended evaluation methodology for platoon pedestrian movements at transit terminals.

Transportation professionals are responsible for the orderly and safe operation and management of pedestrian facilities. In urban and near urban areas, the need to incorporate pedestrian oriented facilities can be quite pressing. Proposed new or urban renewal developments in combination with environmental or political pressures to discourage automobile use for short trips can require improvements to an underutilized pedestrian transportation infrastructure.

Previous studies into pedestrian behavior and movements have yielded several evaluation methodologies, some of which are derived from the Highway Capacity Manual Level of Service calculations for vehicular movement. In the process of refining the results of these behavioral studies, various sub categories within pedestrian flow patterns have led to more specialized research.

This paper presents the results of a specific experiment conducted to determine the behavioral characteristics of platoon pedestrian movement as found at the Market Street transit station in Denver, Co. The population defined in the study is intended to represent the typical transit oriented pedestrian patronage of a medium density urban city.

Keywords: Pedestrian Behavior, Pedestrian Movement, Transit, Highway Capacity, Pedestrian Facilities

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