The design and operation of a high-level narrow slotted box beam rapid transit system using suspended vehicles of various sizes is discussed. The elevated beam guidance arrangement can be quickly erected but is usually best suited to modern surroundings as it is visually intrusive. Box section track beams provide a protective envelope for the traction equipment, running surfaces and points. Support columns are needed at 30 M intervals on straight and 20 M intervals at curves and points. Vehicle sizes can vary from small 8 seater cabins to articulated vehicles with room for 50 seated and 152 standing passengers. The vehicles are controlled automatically at three levels. Vehicle headways, speeds and point operations are monitored at the safety level; traffic control level uses station computers and data transfer equipment between stations. The operations control level serves the system as a whole, monitoring the technical equipment and providing communications with vehicles.

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    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • TAPLIN, M R
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 44-45
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1981 12:00AM