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Re: Jasper's question of station flow capacity, there's no one answer. (Tokyo's Shinjuku station complex handles ~3.5M people a day, counting transfers. That's equal to the entire London Underground, which often feels even more crowded!) Just as with a chain and its weakest link, any one station's capacity is limited mostly by its bottlenecks: too few entries or escalators, too narrow of a junction between two walkways. WMATA did a station access & capacity study in 2008 which found that 7 stations would require additional vertical or faregate circulation by 2030, and has subsequently done a detailed study of Union Station's entrances

Also, the downtown transfer stations see more passengers than just the entry/exits reported above, but transfers aren't counted.

by Payton on Nov 26, 2012 2:15 pm • linkreport

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