Impacts of Rail Technology in 21st Century U.S. Cities

This presentation analyzes the impact of transit technologies on the urban environment and evaluates land use, station design, and transit costs as a means of projecting the best options for intermodal stations and transit-oriented developments. Several commuter rail, AMTRAK, and freight rail corridors may be used in the future to accommodate heavy, light and/or high-speed rail systems in the United States. Diesel/electric locomotives, which populate urban rail corridors, have heavy load requirements and are industrial and/or utilitarian in appearance. However, diesel multiple units (DMUs) with lighter weight, increased fuel efficiency, ease of accessibility, additional capacity, enhanced performance and lower costs are competing for their market share. Currently, monorails, people movers, and streetcars - along with the traditional light and heavy rail systems - have public acceptance to enrich the urban environments surrounding the existing corridors, and enhance commuter experience. Many cities, however, are at a crossroads regarding transitioning from an automobile culture to a rail culture. Therefore, local cities willingly embrace opportunities for better environments.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 366-372
  • Monograph Title: Challenges and Advances in Sustainable Transportation Systems

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01529132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413364
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: May 15 2014 3:02PM