THE LATEST SWISS AUTOMATIC GUIDEWAY TAXI SYSTEM

SWITZERLAND, WHICH HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A PIONEER IN SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS, 12 YEARS AGO WAS THE SOURCE OF A PROPOSAL FOR A GUIDEWAY TAXI RUNNING ON AN ASPHALT SURFACE AND ELECTRICALLY PROPELLING 2- AND 4-SEAT CABINS. THE LAUSANNE EXPO OF 1964 INCLUDED AN OPERATIONAL PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (PRT) SYSTEM, AND OTHER SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED SINCE THEN. ONE OF THESE, CALLED "ELAN," IS A PRODUCT OF TWO DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERS AT THE SWISS INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY. SYSTEM CRITERIA WERE A RIDING COMFORT ON THE ORDER OF THAT OF THE PRIVATE AUTO, HIGH RELIABILITY, STATE-OF THE-ART SAFETY MEASURES, AND A CAPACITY OF 20,000 PASSENGERS PER HOUR AT 0.7-SECONDS HEADWAYS. THE SYSTEM IS A GUIDEWAY TAXI FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH A PRT CAPABILITY. ALL SUBSYSTEMS AND OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM ARE DESCRIBED, AND CERTAIN COMPARISONS WITH OTHER TRANSPORT MODES ARE MADE.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New Concepts In Urban Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • Li, S
  • Publication Date: 1972-10-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 228-32
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1973 12:00AM