ANALYSIS OF DUAL-MODE TRANSPORT

DUAL-MODE TRANSPORT ENVISIONS COMPACT CONVEYANCES THAT COULD BE DRIVEN ON ROADS AND THAT COULD ALSO TRAVEL ON EXCLUSIVE AUTOMATED GUIDEWAYS. PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS ASSUMED FOR THIS EXPLORATORY STUDY REFLECT THE TECHNOLOGY PROPOSED IN THE "URMOBILE" VERSION OF THIS INNOVATIVE CONCEPT. THIS PAPER ATTEMPTS TO ESTIMATE THE EXPECTED PATRONAGE AND ECONOMICS OF A HYPOTHETICAL DUAL-MODE INSTALLATION IN A REAL CITY. PATRONAGE IS SYNTHESIZED BY SELECTING THE MOST LIKELY USERS FROM ACTUAL TRIP-MAKING REPORTED IN THE SAME REAL METROPOLIS. THE SYNTHESIS APPROACH SEEKS TO MAKE RELATIVELY EXPLICIT THE UNAVOIDABLE GUESSING ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND TO AN UNPRECEDENTED MODE. RESULTS SUGGESTS THAT THE TOTAL DOLLAR ECONOMICS OF THE DUAL- MODE SYSTEM AND OF PRIVATE AUTOMOBILES MIGHT BE COMPARABLE. THE LIMITED ROAD RANGE OF THE BATTERY- ELECTRIC URBMOBILE WOULD PRECLUDE ITS BEING ADOPTED AS AN ALTERNATIVE VEHICLE BY MOST OF THE HOUSEHOLDS OWNING ONLY ONE VEHICLE. FOR PERSONS LACKING ACCESS TO THE STATIONS BY PRIVATE VEHICLE OR WALKING, EXTENDING THE RANGE OF STATION COVERAGE BY FREQUENT JITNEY OR BUS SERVICE WOULD GREATLY ENHANCE SYSTEM USEFULNESS. THE SCALE OF URBMOBILE FACILITIES MIGHT BE A MAJOR CONSIDERATION IN THE DESIGN OF THE ROUTE NETWORK AND IN THE ACCEPTABILITY OF THE SYSTEM. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 46-57
  • Monograph Title: New Transportation Systems and Concepts
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019826
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 8 1972 12:00AM