Rail Baltica – Riga Public Transport Hub (RPTH)



Rail Baltica – Riga Public Transport Hub (RPTH)

Authors

Samya Ghosh, AECOM, Antony Kivistik, AECOM, Stuart Fraser, AECOM

Description

The paper presents challenges and approach towards solution of planning for a Public Transport Interchange Hub, as integral component of Rail Baltica.

Abstract

In 2011, the European Commission launched the White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”. The Rail Baltica project embraces the objectives of the European Commission and proposes to introduce a Trans-European railway linking Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw and then continuing on to West Europe.
In order to meet the above objective, and help make the Rail Baltica project a success, it is imperative that important stations along its route are planned and redeveloped as multi-modal interchanges — which can facilitate and optimise the transfer of passengers from different modes to this new Rail system. Planning and designing for the Riga Public Transport Hub was one such significant step towards fulfilling this objective.
The main objective of the RPTH study, which AECOM were commissioned to undertake, was the development of a concept design for an optimum Multimodal Public Transportation Hub to help enable the mutual integration of two railway systems, public transportation and other alternative mobility solutions within a single transport hub.
The paper will focus on the pivotal role that transport modelling had in, firstly, shaping the RPTH concept design and then in determining the scheme feasibility. The paper will describe why a mix of bespoke and commercially available software was required and highlight why the suite of modelling undertaken was so successful in providing robust multi-modal quantitative inputs to the wider feasibility study.
A total of 7 modelling software types were used including bespoke strategic and static analysis software tools as well as detailed operational micro-simulation modelling. The paper will initially describe the scale, multi-disciplinary nature and the complexities of the project and then go on to explain how the transport modelling at various stages assisted in arriving at important decisions through the evolution of the design whilst gaining a widespread acceptance of the scheme among a wide range of stakeholders

Publisher

Association for European Transport