AIRTRANS, an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system built by the Vought Corporation, has provided transit service for passengers at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport since January 1974. This successful deployment of AGT technology prompted the investigation of the extension of the technology. Independent assessments were made by the Transportation Systems Center and by Vought to determine what changes or improvements would be required to operate AIRTRANS in an urban application. The recommendations were: higher operating speeds; better passenger acceptance; reduced capital and operating costs; increased reliability; enhanced all-weather capability; and increased energy efficiency. The AUTP was structured into a two-phase program. Phase I was completed in 1977. The first phase covered the development and demonstration of the improvements necessary for higher speed operation, while maintaining or improving reliability, cost, and performance characteristics of the overall system. Using Phase I as a building block, other recommendations for improvements in AIRTRANS for urban applications were addressed in Phase II. This report, Volume 2, covers the Improved Passenger Communications Task activities of the Vought Corporation, during Phase II of the AIRTRANS AUTP. The primary objectives of the program were to design, build, and demonstrate: (1) an onboard television surveillance system; (2) a programmable audio-announcement unit; (3) a dynamic graphic system; and (4) a time-to-arrival display unit for passenger stations. All of these systems were built and successfully demonstrated as part of the operation of a prototype urban AGT vehicle in the Dallas/Fort Worth AIRTRANS system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 1, PB80-175193, and Volume 5, PB80-157704.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Vought Corporation

    Systems Division, P.O. Box 5907
    Dallas, TX  United States  75222

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Jacobsen, R S
    • Schultz, C M
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TX-06-0020-79-3Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1982 12:00AM