The Environmental Conference 78, was concerned with the form of novel public transport that would best combat the trend towards private transport. This transport system must provide such advantages as short journey time, widespread availability, comfort, competitive cost and minimum adverse environmental effects. In addition to cabin-type vehicles, the dual-mode system and the demand-controlled bus, the magnetic suspension system (as opposed to rail bound systems) and the linear motor are the major innovations; the advantages and disadvantages of these are discussed in the light of the requirements listed above. It is pointed out that on the one hand - in view of the increasingly restricted state funds available for investment - it is hardly possible to envisage the widespread introduction of a new transport system, and on the other hand that the beneficial effects of the new systems on the environment remain in question; so that in parallel with the research into new transport systems there will be a considerable stimulus to the further development of conventional public transport systems. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    VDI Nachrichten

    Postfach 1139, Graf-Recke-Strasse 84
    4 Dusseldorf 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, W
    • Wurm, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-6


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 54-58
  • Serial:
    • Umwelt
    • Volume: 8
    • Publisher: VDI Nachrichten

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM