A PROGRAM TO EVALUATE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSES- MONOGRAPH NO 11

EXISTING COACHES PRESENT PHYSICAL TRAVEL BARRIERS TO ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED PASSENGERS, AND THE INCIDENCE OF ROAD FAILURES INFLICTS PROHIBITIVE TIME COSTS ON RIDERS. TWO OTHER PROBLEM AREAS IDENTIFIED ARE OPERATING COSTS AND THE "RIDING ENVIRONMENT" (NOISE LEVELS, LIGHTING, AND COMFORT). THE PROPOSED REMEDY FOR THESE PROBLEMS IS THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE RE-DESIGN OF BUSES TO INCORPORATE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY. THE TREND OF RIDERSHIP DECLINE CAN ONLY BE OFFSET BY CHANGING THE "NATURE" OF BUSES, RATHER THAN BY PIECEMEAL MODIFICATIONS OF THE EXISTING DESIGN. A LARGE-SCALE PROGRAM OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION IS RECOMMENDED TO FASHION NEW BUS TECHNOLOGY WITHIN SPECIFIED GROSS DESIGN PARAMETERS FOR COST, SIZE, DUTY CYCLE, AND SUCH OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AS ACCELERATION PERFORMANCE, HILL CLIMBING CAPABILITY, AND LOW NOISE AND EXHAUST EMISSIONS. TWENTY-SIX POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS ARE LISTED WITH REFERENCE TO PASSENGERS, BUS OPERATORS, AND THE DRIVING PUBLIC. IN ADDITION A NUMBER OF SPECIFIC TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES FOR INVESTIGATION ARE EXAMINED UNDER EACH OF SEVEN FUNCTIONAL CATEGORIES: (1) ENERGY PROPULSION SYSTEMS; (2) STEERING AND SUSPENSION; (3) BODY STRUCTURE (FRAME) AND HARDWARE; (4) CONTROLS AND COMMUNICATIONS; (5) ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL; (6) PASSENGEER ACCOMMODATIONS; AND (7) INFORMATION SYSTEM. A FIVE-PHASE, $4 MILLION RD&D PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW BUS TECHNOLOGY IS OUTLINED. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO NSS-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus, OH  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Cheany, E S
    • Vigrass, C W
  • Publication Date: 1967-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM