FEASIBILITY OF MOVING WALKS/BOSTON--B: ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS AND ALTERNATIVES FOR A PROPOSED MOVING WAY SYSTEM IN THE BOSTON CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ARE DISCUSSED. SIX SPECIFIC DESIGN CONFIGURATIONS WERE ANALYZED AND AN OPTIMAL NETWORK CONCEPT WAS RECOMMENDED USING THE MULTIPLE BELT APPROACH. THIS SYSTEM EMPLOYS A SERIES OF MOVING BELTS IN LINEAR ARRAY EACH TURNING AT A RELATIVELY FASTER SPEED THAN THE ONE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING. RELATIVE COST DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SIX ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS ARE DETAILED, ALONG WITH A BREAKDOWN OF PROJECTED EXPENSES FOR IMPLEMENTATION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MOVING WAY ARE DISCUSSED WITH REFERENCE TO ROUTING, STATIONS AND TRANSFER POINTS, POWER DISTRIBUTION, AND MAINTENANCE. CORRELATION OF THE RECOMMENDED CONCEPT WITHIN THE GENERAL PLANNING FRAMEWORK OF THE BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS ALSO EXAMINED. STATE-OF-THE-ART IN CONVEYOR DESIGN AND ENGINEERING IS EXAMINED IN ALL RELEVANT ASPECTS: PRESENT MANUFACTURERS, CAPACITY, ACCESS, SPEED, ACCELERATION, PASSENGER STABILIZERS, PROPULSION AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS, RIDE QUALITY, OVERALL SPECIFICATIONS, NOISE AND VIBRATION LEVELS, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL RELIABILITY, GUIDEWAY PROTECTION, MAINTENANCE, AND OTHER DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS. THE ANALYSIS ALSO FOCUSES ON THE HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON HUMAN ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS, HUMAN TOLERANCES TO ACCELERATION AND VIBRATION, AND EVALUATIVE MODELS. THE REPORT CONCLUDES WITH DETAILED CITATIONS FROM INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENTAL REGULATORY SAFETY CODES PERTINENT TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MOVING WAY SYSTEM. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MASS-T9-5
  • Corporate Authors:

    United Engineers & Constructors

    /Jackson & Moreland Div
    ,   United States 
  • Publication Date: 1971-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM