MILWAUKEE COUNTY DUAL-MODE SYSTEMS STUDY--VOLUME I: SUMMARY REPORT

THE DUAL-MODE CONCEPT EMPLOYS TRANSIT VEHICLES CAPABLE OF BOTH FULLY-AUTOMATED OPERATION ON A GUIDEWAY AND MANUAL OPERATION ON CITY STREETS. THE REPORT FOCUSES PARTICULARLY UPON DUAL-MODE APPLICATIONS USING SMALL BUS VEHICLES WHICH INDICATE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR NEAR-TERM DEMONSTRATION. A SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY WAS UNDERTAKEN TO EVALUATE THE DESIRABILITY OF DUAL-MODE TRANSPORTATION IN THE MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN AREA FOR THE YEAR 1990. RESULTS ARE SUMMARIZED OF A TECHNOLOGY SURVEY WHICH YIELDED TWO ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM DESIGN CONCEPTS. THESE WERE SUBJECTED TO FURTHER EVALUATION TO DETERMINE OVERALL FEASIBILITY. THE SYSTEM APPROACH SELECTED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION CONSISTS OF A 19-PASSENGER, RUBBER-TIRED TRANSIT VEHICLE, ELECTRICALLY POWERED BY A HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM AND OPERATING UNDER A CENTRALIZED, SCHEDULED, SYNCHRONOUS LONGITUDINAL CONTROL CONCEPT. ANALYSIS REVEALED THAT FLEXIBLE DUAL-MODE TRANSPORTATION WOULD YIELD SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES WITH REFERENCE TO SERVICE QUALITY, LABOR PRODUCTIVITY, OPERATION COSTS, ATTAINMENT OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES, DEMAND RESPONSIVENESS, AND GROWTH POTENTIAL. THE AUTHORS NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING RIDERSHIP ATTRACTION AND OTHER VARIABLES CANNOT BE RESOLVED WITHOUT A COMPREHENSIVE DEMONSTRATION OF THE CONCEPT. THREE BASIC CONCLUSIONS WERE THAT: (1) TECHNOLOGY WILL NOT BE AN OBSTACLE TO SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT; NO SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGHS ARE NECESSARY. (2) THE CRITICAL TECHNICAL DECISION APPEARS TO BE THE SELECTION OF A STEERING CONTROL CONCEPT FROM AMONG THE MANY AVAILABLE ALTERNATIVES. (3) THE KEY TECHNICAL ISSUE WILL BE THE ATTAINMENT OF APPROPRIATE SYSTEM RELIABILITY LEVELS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO WISC-MTD-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Advanced Technical Center

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  • Authors:
    • Gurski, P S
  • Publication Date: 1971-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242036
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM