PRACTICAL SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR SHORT HEADWAY AUTOMATED TRANSIT SYSTEMS

CONTINUED INTEREST IN PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (PRT) SYSTEMS AS ONE SOLUTION TO URBAN TRAFFIC CONGESTION EMPHASIZES THE NEED FOR CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE SAFETY OF SHORT HEADWAY AUTOMATED TRANSIT SYSTEMS. CURRENT APPROACHES TO THE DETERMINATION OF SAFE HEADWAYS ARE REVIEWED. THE REDUCTION IN HEADWAY WHICH COULD BE ACHIEVED BY IMPROVED BRAKING AND SIGNALING HARDWARE IS OUTLINED. IMPROVED DESIGN OF EMERGENCY BRAKES IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE FACTOR IN THE REDUCTION OF SAFE HEADWAYS. VERY SHORT HEADWAY SYSTEMS ARE REVIEWED FROM A SAFETY STANDPOINT. SUCH SYSTEMS MIGHT BE SAFELY OPERATED IF OPERATION AT INTERMEDIATE HEADWAYS (SEPARATIONS ON THE ORDER OF THE STOPPING DISTANCE) CAN E AVOIDED. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Planning and Technology

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  • Authors:
    • HINMAN, E J
    • Pitts, G L
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 219-24
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1973 12:00AM