The Accelerating Walkway System (AWS) Demonstration Program was designed to test the feasibility of operating such a system in an urban setting. Completed phases of the program include feasibility studies; AWS design and development; site investigation and selection; site engineering design; AWS factory testing of the "TRAX" equipment and factory user testing. This report describes the passenger acceptability tests performed on the "TRAX" unit in the factory of the manufacturer in Nantes, France in 1983. The test installation is a 113 m (371ft) long loop configuration with a high speed to low speed ratio of 4:1. The tests were run at speeds up to 3.33 m/s (656 f.p.m.) and at loadings up to an equivalent of 6,600 passengers/hour. The riders tested included the young, adult, elderly and handicapped. In assessing compliance with U.S.A. moving walk codes, particular attention was given to acceleration/deceleration effects including emergency stops, post problems, passenger bunching, entrapment and divergency/discontinuity hazards.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Alsthom Atlantique-ACB

    Prairie au Duc, P.O. Box Cedex no. 2 - 44040
    Nantes,   France 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1985-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 87 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00455167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTAIT-06-0126-85-02
  • Contract Numbers: IT-06-0126
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1986 12:00AM