One look at the transportation infrastructure of the present times, and you know what convenience truly feels like. Connecting nearly every major port, city, and town in the world, the world’s transportation has evolved with time. Trains have, and will always make transportation simpler and easier for the people, not just across cities, but also within the city. Today, as every corner of the world is getting connected via one or more modes of transport, the trains seem to be running to their full capacity.
Among the many train stations across the world, there are a few that run to their full capacity. A few have come up with solutions like drawing new lines, having more platforms etc. on the stations to manage the inflow.
Here we have curated a list of 10 busiest train stations in the world, and what they are doing to manage the inflow.
1. Shinjuku in Japan
Japan has created uniquely defined yet complex transport complexes to handle the daily influx of passengers. The Shinjuku station(heart of tokyo) has been built to handle a capacity of 3.5 million passengers. For one, this station is the connecting link between Central Tokyo and the western suburbs within the city. With 10 platforms, 20 tracks, 12 train links and a total of five stations, the complexity just about increased, making it the largest train station in the world. For a long time, there have been plans of adding the train station to the high speed rail lines in the Shinkansen network.
2. Zurich Hauptbahnhof in Switzerland
A total of 2900 trains pass by this station on a daily basis, making it one of the busiest stations in Europe. This train station has tried multiple routes including adding units, creating through routes for the S-Bahn trains and other formations to ensure proper crowd management at the station. Despite all the efforts thrown in, the station remains to be busy. With the Durchmesserline project, there should be enough space for expansion and altercations in the train routes and system.
3. Gare du Nord in France
Each year, about 180Mn travelers, pass through this route, thus making it one of the busiest stations in the world. There are a total of 44 platforms currently operational on the train station. The station underwent a major expansion in 1964, a post which it could manage the daily influx of passengers. This railway line is being served by the Paris Metro Transit System, the Reau Express Regional and other bus routes within the country. There are plans to build a hallway between Gare du Nord station and Gare de l’Est.
4. Penn in the U.S.
In a span of 90 seconds, this station experiences close to 1000 passengers boarding or getting down a train, making it the busiest railway station in North America. Connecting Washington D.C. as well as Boston Massachusetts, this train station provides a corridor to travel across North America. In the expansion plans, the city’s station is all set to add 13 Jersey transit routes and eight Amtrak trains during peak hours. The current projects are all set to increase the commuter capacity at the train station.
5. Union station in Canada
The train station serves close to 2,50,000 passengers on a daily basis, across the 2000 routes it can rightfully travel. With this single statement, we have just touched the brink of the complexity this station has to offer. Apart from providing inter-city transport to the commuters, the train station is also connected to the Toronto Transport Commission subway. The current projects are focused on the pedestrian movement along the train station as well as to create a mega complex within the station.
6. Umeda Station in Osaka Japan
If you visit this station in Japan, you are both intrigued and frightened by the high capacity it manages on a daily basis. The station manages close to 20 lakh passengers. The station connects the Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Line and the Osaka Metro. Several projects have been defined to manage the traffic and the inflow of the trains, in order to manage the crowd.
7. Yokohama Station in Kanagawa Japan
This is the first ever train station in Japan, and it’s a commuter railway station and has survived several disasters, and has undergone a good amount of renovation and expansion. The station has been serving 760 Mn passengers on a daily basis since the year 2013. The station is being served by the JR East lines, as well as Keikyu, Sotetsu, and Tokyo Corporation. They have created separate lines and segregated them in order to make it easier for the passengers.
8. Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo Japan
This train station is seen to be buzzing with passengers as it connects you to the heart of the city and all the grandeur attached. The station is served by East Japan Railway Company as well as the Tokyo Metro. The station manages about 2.71Mn passengers on a daily basis since 2007. It is mostly used by the commuters.
9. Shibuya Station in Tokyo Japan
A commuter platform connecting you to the central and other main areas of Tokyo, this station holds a traffic of approximately 2.4Mn passengers on the weekday. The station is known to handle a good amount of commuter traffic flowing in from the central city as well as the suburbs.
10. Kita Senju in Tokyo Japan
When you talk about the Tokyo metro network, there is one station that definitely comes to your mind- the Kita Senju station. Also served by the JR east station, it is one of the busiest stations in Tokyo. Apart from JR East, the station is also served by the Tobu Skytree Line and Tokyo’s metro lines. The station layout has been planned to handle the metro as well as the commuter and inter-state trains.