FIVE GENERATIONS: SKYBUS TO ORLANDO

In the mid 1960's, the first real people mover, called Skybus, was developed and tested on a two-mile test track near Pittsburgh. Since then, three such systems have been placed in service and two others are presently under construction. The people mover system at Orlando International Airport will be the 5th generation. It will benefit from all the experience gained in the last twelve years. The new airport will be constructed on the existing site and will consist of a landside terminal and two airside terminals. Each airside terminal is connected to the landside terminal by a curved aerial roadway, approximately 1,940 feet long. Each guideway has two separate and independent roadways with concrete running pads and a center guidebeam. A standard "Type C" vehicle will operate on each roadway. A second vehicle can be added if passenger volume increases. The electrically propelled, totally automated, air conditioned vehicles will comfortably carry 100 passengers standing and will operate 24 hours a day. The system is designed to carry 4,000 passengers per hour on each roadway -- 16,000 passengers in all. The vehicles are guided by a single center guidebeam in the roadway. They are locked to the guidebeam and cannot be derailed under any operating circumstances.

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  • Pagination: p. 123-129

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IEEE 79CH1378-9VT Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 15 1980 12:00AM