This assessment of the Morgantown People Mover System has been accomplished as part of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA's) Socio-Economic Research Program. The purpose of the program is to relate the characteristics of Automated Guideway Transit (AGT`) technology to the needs for improved forms of urban transportation and to determine the social, economic, environmental, and performance factors which affect the usefulness of AGT systems. The objectives of this assessment report are: 1) to provide information on the system installation, including engineeing and operating data, descriptive information on system performance, economics, public response, and experience with system design, development, and implementation; 2) to evaluate the information in order to assess system and subsystem technical performance, system economics, and overall system performance in meeting transportation requirements; and 3) to report results of the assessment in ways useful for guiding R & D on key problem areas, for planning AGT installation, and for making product improvements in AGT systems. This assessment describes the installation and operation of Phase I of the Morgantown People Mover System at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. A detailed description of the technical subsystems is included as well as a review of performance, reliability, maintainability, and cost. A system implementation history is also provided. Where important, the review of technical subsystems includes applicability, modifications, and/or improvements for application in an urban environment. Information and data presented were collected through surveys of the literature, site visits, a visit to the manufacturer, interviews with site and manufacturer's personnel, site measurements, reviews of operating and maintenance logs, and compilations generated by the manufacturer, the operator, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. A draft of this report has been reviewed by the operator, the manufacturer, and UMTA. Their comments have been incorporated where it has been possible to do so without compromising the objectivity of the assessment. (UMTA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lea (N. D.) and Associates, Incorporated

    Washington, DC  United States 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Elms, C
    • Merritt, H
    • McGean, T
    • Cooke, F
    • Bamberg, W
    • Theumer, H
    • SMITH, F
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 273 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322278
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0157-79-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-70023
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM