HIGH SPEED GROUND TRANSPORTATION AIRPORT ACCESS ROUTE STUDY, LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE ROUTE ANALYSIS OF THE PROPOSED HIGH SPEED GROUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO CONNECT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY. THE SYSTEM WILL EMPLOY TRACKED AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (TACV) POWERED BY LINEAR INDUCTION MOTORS IN A DEMONSTRATION OF THE CONCEPT FOR HIGH SPEED URBAN TRANSPORTATION. THE PROPOSED TACV WILL OPERATE OVER A GRADE-SEPARATED, DOUBLE U-SHAPED GUIDEWAY WITH SPAN LENGTHS OF 100 FEET. THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM IS DESCRIBED IN DETAIL; CONCRETE WILL BE THE PRIMARY CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL. THREE PROPOSED STATIONS ALONG THE INTITIAL 16.4 MILE ROUTE ARE ALSO DESCRIBED. SEVERAL ALTERNATING-CURRENT AND DIRECT CURRENT ELECTRIFICATION OPTIONS WERE REVIEWED TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMAL SYSTEM FOR TACV PROPULSION. A 1,500 VOLT DC SYSTEM WAS SELECTED PRIMARILY FOR ITS ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES; SUBSTATION AND POWER DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS ARE OUTLINED IN THE REPORT. VEHICLE PERFORMANCE IS ALSO DISCUSSED BRIEFLY WITH REFERENCE TO RUNNING TIME AND AVERAGE VELOCITIES. SPEEDS OF BETWEEN 100 AND 150 MPH. SHOULD BE ACHIEVED FOR A DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY 46,000 FEET. A ROUTE ANALYSIS WHICH INDICATES GRADIENTS AND LOCATION FOR EACH SEGMENT OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM ARE CONTAINED, AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN CRITERIA ARE DEVELOPED. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kaiser Engineers

    900 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. CAL-T9-10
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM