The objectives of this study were to determine if lift retrofit applications to rail vehicles are technically feasible, and if so, the extent to which existing bus lift technology can be utilized. This report examines some of the technical issues associated with the retrofitting of lifts for elderly and handicapped passengers on light and commuter rail vehicles. There are four major sections to this report. The first section develops the inventory of light rail (LR) and commuter rail (CR) vehicles in the U.S. by number and type. It addresses the characteristics of rail vehicles that differentiate them from buses and makes preliminary indications of which vehicles might be preferable candidates for lift retrofits. The second section assesses the existing bus lift technology. Descriptions of lift designs and operation obtained from manufacturers are presented. The third major section of this report develops the interface requirements between lifts and vehicles based on existing vehicle characteristics and on lift kinematic concepts. The final section examines ancillary issues of lift retrofits on rail vehicles, such as ancillary hardware modifications, safety and liability concerns, and concerns about costs and sources of required funding.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Technology Research and Analysis Corporation

    2020 14th Street, North, Suite 400
    Arlington, VA  United States  22201

    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:
    • McInerney, F T
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 139 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328364
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-80-39 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1711
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM