ANALYSIS OF SOME DUAL-MODE PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM OPERATIONS

THIS REPORT PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF THREE STUDIES RELATING TO DUAL-MODE PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (DM/PRT) OPERATION. THE FIRST IS AN INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF USING TRAINS IN A DM/PRT SYSTEM TO INCREASE LINE CAPACITY, IT IS SHOWN THAT TRAINS CAN BE USED, THEREBY INCREASING CAPACITY TO AS MUCH AS 10,000 CARS PER HOUR, AND WITHOUT INCURRING EXCESSIVE DELAYS. IN THE SECOND, MEASURES FOR INSURING SAFE AND RELIABLE GUIDEWAY OPERATIONS ARE EXAMINED. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT EXTENSIVE CAR TESTING, INVOLVING COSTLY EQUIPMENT, MUST BE PERFORMED EACH TIME A CAR ENTERS ONTO THE GUIDEWAY, OR PALLETS MUST BE USED FOR GUIDEWAY TRAVEL. THE THIRD STUDY CONCERNS THE INITIAL COST OF A DM/PRT SYSTEM. IT IS SHOWN THAT THE OVERALL COST IS AT LEAST AS GREAT AS FOR AN ALL-GUIDEWAY SYSTEM, AND THAT ABOUT HALF OF THE COST IS FOR CARS. THUS PRIVATE CAR OWNERSHIP WOULD REDUCE SUBSTANTIALLY THE AMOUNT REQUIRING PUBLIC FINANCING.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • MD-06-0008 UMTA-MD-06-0008-72-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Johns Hopkins University, Laurel

    Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
    Laurel, MD  United States  20723-6099
  • Authors:
    • Waddell, M C
    • Roesler, W J
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 182 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rept
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 11 1974 12:00AM