BASELINE SYSTEM DEFINITION OF THE AERIAL TRANSIT SYSTEM

THE AERIAL TRANSIT SYSTEM (ATS) EMPLOYS LIGHTWEIGHT VEHICLES PROPELLED ALONG A FLEXIBLE STEEL GUIDEWAY WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY CABLES SUSPENDED FROM TOWERS SPACED 1/4 MILE APART. THE REPORT EXAMINES ALL RELEVANT ASPECTS OF ATS OPERATIONS IN A HYPOTHETICAL APPLICATION FOR ACCESS TO KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FROM THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. THE REPORT COVERS: STATION CAPACITY AND SPACING; GUIDEWAY CAPACITY, SWITCHING, AND CURVATURE; VEHICLE PERFORMANCE; SYSTEM CONTROL, HEADWAY AND COMMUNICATIONS; PASSENGER COMFORT; VEHICLE SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE; SECURITY; VEHICLE DESIGN, SUSPENSION, PROPULSION, BRAKING, SPEED CONTROL, AND POWER REQUIREMENTS. APPENDED MATERIAL PROVIDES SUPPLEMENTARY ANALYSIS OF THE PROPULSION AND AUXILIARY SYSTEMS OF ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION FOR THE ATS. SEVERAL MAJOR ADVANTAGES OF THE ATS OVER CONVENTIONAL RAPID TRANSIT DESIGNS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE REPORT: (1) SAFETY (THE VEHICLE CAN BE STOPPED AND RECOVERED EASILY IN CASES OF MALFUNCTION, CANNOT JUMP THE TRACK, AND IS GENERALLY SECURE FROM VANDALISM.); (2) NON- POLLUTION; AND (3) SPEED AND EASE OF INSTALLATION OR RELOCATION. FOUR COST ADVANTAGES OF ATS OVER CONVENTIONAL RAIL SYSTEMS ARE: (1) THE AVAILABILITY OF LAND BENEATH THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY FOR PRODUCTIVE UTILIZATION; (2) THE ELIMINATION OF MANY SITE PREPARATION COSTS; (3) COMPONENT UNIT COSTS THAT COMPARE FAVORABLY WITH OTHER VEHICLE GUIDEWAY DESIGNS; AND (4) THE OPPORTUNITY FOR DIRECT POINT-TO-POINT ROUTES WITH WHICH EXISTING GROUND FEATURES WILL NOT INTERFERE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD - 43
  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerial Transit Systems

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  • Publication Date: 1970-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242148
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1981 12:00AM