Takeru Shibayama is an active researchers at Vienna University of Technology’s Institute of Transportation since 2008 and 2011 respectively. Takeru, with his background in civil engineering with particular focus on planning and policy-making, has been much active in the field of public transport and rail transit, as well as long-term strategic transport planning. He is now a co-chair of World Conference on Transport Researches Society’s Special Interest Group SIG G2 (National and Regional Transport Policy and Planning), and a member of various international research society. He is actively involved in the EU-funded Shift2Rail project “FAIR Stations” as a member of its international consortium.
- June 10: Easier said than done: doing right by the customer
Understanding prerequisites for future stations’ designsUnderstanding needs of people with reduced mobility (PRM) as well as shortcomings in today's station design is an essential matter for improvement of railway stations in the future for all user groups. Within a framework of EU’s Shift2Rail project “FAIR Stations”, in order to gain basic and comprehensive insights into their perspectives, the authors carried out (1) focus group interviews, (2) observational trips, (3) questionnaire to public transport stakeholders and, (4) a survey on metro passengers mainly in Madrid. The key findings are that PRM are in a opinion that design for accessibility does not yet take into account all PRM groups in mind nowadays, PRM are more likely to need help in the station when boarding than alighting, and stakeholders are ready to support the implementation of station designs promoting accessibility.