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Railway Vehicles for Men and Women

Project of St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences on gender aspects of public transport

Railway Vehicles for Men and Women
Copyright: Katarina Balgavy

Women and men have different demands on transport. Comfort in public transport is an essential point for its attractiveness. In addition to individual wishes, there are above all differences in the demands made by men and women with regard to vehicle interiors.

In the project "Gender-Sensitive Multi-Sensory Vehicle", the Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research examines how comfort for passengers can be increased in railway vehicles taking into account the different perspectives of men and women.

"In public transport, particularly the railways, there are a number of factors that significantly affect passenger comfort: for example, acoustic or visual sensations, sensations of smell in the vehicle, demands while sitting or standing in the vehicle, separation from other travellers, sense of security, temperature sensitivity and more. The goal must be to develop vehicles in which as many passengers (ideally all passengers) feel comfortable," said Frank Michel Berger, head of the project and the Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research at St. Pölten UAS.

Increasing the attractiveness of public transport

In the framework of the project, a list of requirements for a gender-sensitive design of railway passenger transport vehicles will be created. For vehicles, those requirements which promise equal comfort for women and men should thereby be defined. "The goal of transport policy is to transfer a very high proportion of road traffic to sustainable public transport. By appropriate design of the vehicles, public transport should become more attractive," said Michel Berger.

Project "Gender-Sensitive Multi-Sensory Vehicle"

The project is sponsored by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the framework of the program "FEMtech - Gender Sensitive Innovation". Partners are: the Institute of Transportation, research sector for   railway industry, traffic economics and cable railways Vienna University of Technology, the Inter-University Research Center for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ), the engineering office Dr. Michael Petz and netwiss OG.

Project website