A transit system planned and designed for passengers is not necessarily suitable for carrying freight. Like passengers, freight moves in an urban area to reach a particular destination in a timely manner. The timeliness of these moves is often critical and can be translated into business costs and sales dollars. A transportation system to accommodate freight must be planned and designed to maintain or improve the quality and economics of service. Dual-mode transportation for urban goods movement is an exciting an exiciting idea. Special terminals located outside the central business district could consolidate general freight and specialized commodities for delivery to congested urban centers by dual-mode vehicles. These vehicles could pick up and transport shipments to the consolidation terminal for breakbulk and transfer to the private and for-hire carrier vehicles. This could significantly reduce the number of trucks on city streets and freeways and, in turn, free the flow of all traffic in the urban area. To determine dual-mode system requirements will require that the shipping patterns of potential users of a dual-mode system be defined. The amount of freight, service demand, and local traffic conditions will determine the number of dual-mode vehicles necessary to provide the required level of service. Although some people have suggested that freight could be carried in passenger vehicle compartments and that passenger vehicles could be converted to freight vehicles during off-peak hours, I think that such common use of dual-mode vehicles makes no sense. Special vehicles should be designed to maneuver in tight alleys and loading areas and to interface with the dual-mode facilities and equipment. Moving freight, like passengers, improves certain requirements on any new transportation system. Moving freight by a dual-mode transit system would contribute to the solution of many urban problems and, therefore, should be considered in the planning, design, and economic analysis of such a system. /Author/

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  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM