UPTOWN TO DOWNTOWN IN 1980

A TRANSPORTATION NEEDS STUDY OF A TOTAL URBAN ENVIRONMENT WAS CONDUCTED. A MOVING BELT SYSTEM WAS RECOMMENDED FOR MAJOR ACTIVITY CENTERS, SUCH AS CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS, AIR TERMINALS, UNIVERSITIES, AND SHOPPING CENTERS. SMALL AUTOMATED CARS WERE RECOMMENDED ALSO AS A POSSIBILITY TO CARRY PEDESTRIANS AT FIVE TIMES WALKING SPEEDS. FOR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSPORTATION TWO BASIC SYSTEMS WERE CONSIDERED TO PROVIDE GOOD SERVICE. THE PUBLIC AUTOMOBILE SERVICE WOULD SERVE ACCREDITED DRIVERS AND A RADIO- DISPATCHED MINI-BUS (THE DIAL-A-BUS) WOULD SERVE NON- DRIVERS. THE PUBLIC AUTOMOBILE SERVICE VEHICLES WILL BE RENTED BY THE TRIP AND CHARGES WILL REFLECT BOTH THE DISTANCE TRAVELED AND TIME IN USE. FOR EXTENDED AREA SERVICE TRANSPORTATION, AN AREA-WIDE NETWORK OF SPECIAL GUIDEWAYS FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES WAS RECOMMENDED. THE GUIDEWAYS WOULD BE LAID ON A GRID-LIKE PATTERN WITH LINES SPACED 1/2 TO 3 MILES APART DEPENDING ON THE VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC. VEHICLES WOULD RIDE ON RUBBER-TIRED WHEELS AND BE DRIVEN BY ELECTRIC MOTORS. THE ROUTING AND DISPATCHING OF VEHICLES WOULD BE MANAGED BY A CENTRAL COMPUTER THAT FURNISHES INITIAL ROUTING INFORMATION TO EACH VEHICLE AT THE ORIGINATING STATION AND CONTINUALLY UPDATES THE ROUTES AS THE VEHICLE TRAVELS THROUGH THE NETWORK. SOME CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN TO RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS: FAST TRANSIT LINK SERVICE OR FTL. TWO EXAMPLES OF FTL SYSTEMS WERE EXAMINED. BOTH WOULD USE AIR CUSHIONS FOR SUSPENSION AND BE PROPELLED BY LINEAR ELECTRIC MOTORS. TOTAL RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION COSTS FOR ALL SYSTEMS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN TWO THIRDS OF A BILLION DOLLARS OVER A PERIOD OF 13 YEARS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 21, pp 4-13, 15 FIG
  • Publication Date: 1968-8

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  • Created Date: Nov 4 1994 12:00AM