ECONOMICS OF ELECTRIC BUSWAYS

Busways have been proposed as alternatives to rail rapid transit in many cities. Diesel buses have always been assumed but electric vehicles, drawing power from wayside, live conductor rails are technically possible. Busways would be completely grade separated, eliminating any danger to pedestrian traffic in this arrangement. Using trolleybus cost data it is shown that electric busways could be competitive with diesel operated busways for peak hour volumes exceeding about 5,000 passengers per hour. It is argued that improving the comfort characteristics of buses for busway service, by eliminating steps and increasing vehicle width and seat pitch is an important first priority if the busway concept is to be successfully demonstrated in Australian cities (a). The number of the covering abstract of the conference is IRRD no. 239554.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 82-86

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  • Accession Number: 00309902
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • ISBN: 0 85825 110 8
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Preprint
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM