A WESTINGHOUSE VEHICLE SYSTEM FOR MAJOR ACTIVITY CENTERS: A BASELINE SYSTEM DEFINITION

APPLICATION OF A WESTINGHOUSE TRANSIT SYSTEM TO A REGIONAL AIRPORT IS DESCRIBED. THE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF PASSENGER AND CARGO TRAINS RUNNING ON AN EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY CONNECTING THE MANY ELEMENTS OF THE AIRPORT. FOR COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY THE GUIDEWAY NETWORK WILL BE DOUBLED TO PROVIDE TWO-WAY MOVEMENT AND WILL RUN AT-GRADE, AERIALLY, AND IN TUNNELS; GUIDEWAY CROSSOVER AND BRANCHING SWITCHES TIE THE NETWORK TOGETHER. BOTH PASSENGER AND CARGO TRAINS WILL BE FULLY AUTOMATIC AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED, WITH EACH VEHICLE SUPPORTED BY PNEUMATIC, RUBBER-TIRED WHEELS. THE PASSENGER VEHICLES, OPERATING SINGLY OR COUPLED INTO TRAINS, WILL STOP AT EACH STATION ON FIXED ROUTES TO PROVIDE COMFORTABLE, FAST, FREQUENT, AND EFFICIENT SERVICE; DURING OFF-PEAK PERIODS THE SYSTEM MAY BE OPERATED IN AN "ON-CALL" MANNER. EACH 20-FOOT-LONG, AIR-CONDITIONED PASSENGER VEHICLE WILL COMFORTABLY SEAT 16 PASSENGERS WITH ROOM FOR 16 STANDEES; A DOOR FOUR FEET WIDE WILL FACILITATE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF PASSENGERS. A RIDE QUALITY COMPARABLE TO A FINE AUTOMOBILE WILL BE ACHIEVED WITH ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION RATES STATISTICALLY CONTROLLED TO PROVIDE THE SMOOTHEST STARTS AND STOPS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMATED TRANSIT VEHICLES. THE PASSENGER STATIONS SERVING THE DOUBLE GUIDEWAY NETWORK WILL BE OF THE COMPLETELY CLOSED CENTER PLATFORM TYPE, WITH AUTOMATIC ELEVATOR DOORS WHICH WILL OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THOSE OF THE TRAIN, PROVIDING ADDED FLEXIBILITY AND A TOTALLY CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT. THE PASSENGER AND CARGO TRAINS WILL BE POWERED BY A LOW VOLTAGE, 48 0 V, SINGLE PHASE, AC CONTACT RAIL SYSTEM. THE CARGO TRAINS, POWERED TRACTORS PULLING UP TO FIVE TRAILERS, WILL OPERATE OVER THE SAME GUIDEWAY AS THE PASSENGER TRAINS. THE CARGO TRAINS WILL HAUL MAIL, FREIGHT, REFUSE, AND INTERLINE TRANSFER BAGGAGE, AND WILL HAVE LINKS PROVIDED TO THE U.S. POST OFFICE, CARGO CITY, AND THE REFUSE DISPOSAL AREA. EACH TRACTOR WILL BE 20 FEET LONG AND WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE UP TO EIGHT AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL IF NECESSARY; THE TRAILERS, ALSO 20 FEET LONG, WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY THE STANDARD AIRPLANE CONTAINERS, INCLUDING A FULL SIZE 747 CONTAINER, WITH PROVISIONS FOR MECHANIZED HANDLING AND SECURING. THE CARGO STATIONS, LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE BAGGAGE MAKE-UP AREAS WITH EASY ACCESS TO THE RAMP, WILL BE REACHED BY A SHORT DIVERSION IN THE GUIDEWAY; THE STATIONS WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH MECHANIZED HANDLING SYSTEMS TO INTERFACE WITH THE CARGO TRAILERS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD-43
  • Corporate Authors:

    Westinghouse Electric Corporation

    Transportation Division
    Pittsburgh, PA  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241938
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM