BART is serving as a model for other metropolitan areas, but Toronto and Montreal led the way in building less complex systems. Toronto opened subway lines in 1954, 1963, and 1966, and the lines are now being extended. The Toronto lines spurred building booms. Montreal's Metro was opened in time for Expo '67. Montreal's Metro uses rubber tired wheels, which increase adhesion and reduce noise level; but cost more to build, generate more friction, and cost more for power. BART was envisioned to avoid conventional urban sprawl. So far, only San Francisco has really had a building boom, other parts of the Bay Area have a 'wait and see' attitude. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is producing an impact study encompassing: socio-historic factors, economic factors, esthetic factors, ecologic factors, acoustic factors, air quality, and water resources. The economic return is estimated at 2.79 to 1. Construction is well underway for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This 158 km system will serve 86 stations. Rohr will build 300 Metro cars. The automatic fare collection system will be similar to that of BART. Washington Metro will use padded rails and floating slabs to reduce noise and vibration. Special tunnel ventilation will be used.

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    • This article is the fifth and last of a series on BART. Through October 1973 a combined reprint of the series of articles will be available at $4.50 for the first copy and $1.50 each for additional copies. Request No. X72-113 from IEEE, 345 East 47th Street, New York, New York 10017, Attention SPSU.
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  • Publication Date: 1972-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 45-54
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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  • Accession Number: 00041625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: IEEE Spectrum
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1981 12:00AM