My design used to solve overcrowded problem. However, I changed my idea before I make my model. I still want to upgrade the subway train, but not just to solve the overcrowded problem, but also change its environment, make passenger have a safer, bigger, and more comfortable train.
Here is my sketch and ideas.
Pointed head. Make the train faster
Electrical energy and maglev train. Safe more energy at the same time be faster.
The ground and ceiling are all LED light screen. Make the space visually bigger, provide passenger with more relax environment. Also, save more energy for illuminating the train.
Discolored glass large door. It is a strong material, let passengers know how many people inside the train, and at station, so they can move to other door. Easily fit more passengers to get in and out.
Door at different place two sides. Help to disperse passengers.
Foldable seats. More flexible use of the space, and help to fit more passengers at peak time.
I made this design based on many researches, and I combined some advantages in different cities’ subway systems, and elevate these ideas. For example
I inspired by the decoration from Hangzhou’s subway system.
The shape and the energy choice of the car is inspired by the maglev train.
The seats design reference the New York new subway car’s design.
Here is the process of making the model
I first simply make the model using plastic board
I used different material to make doors and car body, and I used transparent plastic to show the texture of glass.
I add very thin LED to simulate the illumination condition of my design.
I did some changes after talking to the teacher
I add one more layer to simulate how the car runs. Also It makes the platform more clear.
I add colors on the train to define each part.
I use acrylic to create the feeling of lake, and it will have different effect with the LED light. Also colors have different meanings, so I make a diagram guide.
Green yellow – Safety place for passengers
Red – driving cab space
black, dark yellow – track
In the contrast, in order to show the light effect, and the feeling of movable photo, I used markers and painted the drawing on plastic paper.
I cut out the car model
For the track, I also used combined and complex color to show the high speed of the subway. Actually, I think the track in the future should be also modern and clean. It should be maglev instead of normal metal track.
I once saw a photo on the internet, a man hanging between two subway cars in order to leave 157th street station. This station just faced a massive delay, and the whole station are in full capacity. All trains come in the station are full of people, therefore, this guy had to use the last resort to “get in” the train. Passengers overcrowded is always a crucial problem for nyc subway system since this is a system that “takes 8.5 million people to work, school, and to dates on Saturday night”, and a system that promote economic progress( change to data). Overcrowded passengers can cause many problems,the whole system might paralysis, and more importantly, it might cause many dangers, not just for passengers, but also MTA workers. MTA has come up with many solutions to solve this problem, one ideais to upgraded the subway cars. I do think this is one of the most efficient way to solve passengers overcrowded problem.
Here is my sketches
Ideas of upgrading the car
change the dangerous path between two cars, and create more space for passengers.