TRANSIT EQUIPMENT: INTERIM REPORT #5

THE REPORT IS A THOUOUGH EXAMINATION OF TRANSIT VEHICLES AND SYSTEMS AVAILABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN A RAPID TRANSIT NETWORK PROPOSED FOR DADE COUNTY BY 1985. GENERAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ARE DIVIDED AMONG THREE CATEGORIES: (1) SERVICE OBJECTIVES; (2) EXTERNALITIES; AND (3) COST. SPECIFIC SERVICE OBJECTIVES INCLUDE CAPACITY, PERFORMANCE, GRADE- LEVEL AND ELEVATED GUIDEWAYS, ADAPTABILITY TO LOCAL CLIMATIC CONDITIONS, SAFETY, AND PASSENGER COMFORT. EXTERNALITIES INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF FOUR FACTORS: STRUCTURE SIZE, AIRBORNE NOISE, STRUCTURE-BORNE NOISE, AND AIR POLLUTION. FIVE GUIDELINES ARE ALSO PROVIDED FOR MINIMIZING COST IN TERMS OF UNIVERSALITY, TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY, SYSTEMS CONSIDERATIONS, LABOR, AND OPERATING EXPENSES. A VARIETY OF RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM ALTERNATIVES WERE EVALUATED ON THE BA- SIS OF GENERAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS. SEVERAL EXISTING SYSTEMS ARE EXAMINED IN DETAIL, FOLLOWED BY THE AUTHORS' SPECIFICA- TIONS FOR THE MIAMI RAPID TRANSIT. THE SPECIFICATIONS ARE DELINEATED IN TERMS OF VEHICLE SIZE, GUIDANCE, PROPULSION, AND AUTOMATIC TRAIN CONTROL. SIMILAR DISCUSSIONS ARE ALSO INCLUDED FOR GUIDEWAYS AND STATIONS. SURFACE BUS ALTERNATIVES ARE ANALYZED IN THE SAME FASHION AS WITH RAPID TRANSIT. SERVICE OBJECTIVES WERE DEVELOPED ALONG WITH EXTERNAL AND COST CRITERIA AND APPLIED TO BOTH EXISTING AND EXPERIMENTAL BUS DESIGNS. SEVERAL "MINISYSTEMS" FOR ACTIVITY CENTER DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS ARE ANALYZED, INCLUDING SIDEWALK CONVEYORS, TRACKED PEOPLE MOVERS, MINIBUSES, AND SUSPENDED PERSONAL TRANSPORT VEHICLES. A FINAL SECTION DEALS WITH SUPPORT FACILITIES REQUIRED BY THE PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR MIAMI. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO FLA-T9-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    SIMPSON & CURTIN

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1971-4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1981 12:00AM