The overall objective of the study is to help expand and systematize the current search for improvements in transit track. The study was initiated to identify new technology and research tasks that may help increase the performance, reliability, and safety of urban rapid transit systems, and to help ensure that track research provides maximum benefits to the transit industry. Track problems and practices were investigated at transit properties in the United States, and technology was studied in the transit industry and other industries in the United States and Europe. Throughout the study, information was sought on the best technological practices currently available and on improvements that may be obtained through systematic research. This report describes track conditions; current practice in track design, construction, maintenance, and inspection; potential opportunities for improvements; favorable technology that is available but not commonly used in transit track systems; and research and support tasks to fill identified needs. The report also describes the evaluation of research and support tasks for relative importance, the analysis of their costs and benefits, and a recommended implementation plan for a track research program.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with London Transport International Ltd. (England).
  • Corporate Authors:

    ENSCO, Incorporated

    Transportation and Instrumentation Sciences
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22303

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Cunney, E G
    • BOYD, P L
    • Woods, J A
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 211 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-79-41 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1502
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1981 12:00AM