DISPOSITION OF EMPTY VEHICLES IN A PERSONAL RAPID TRANSPORTATION
A basic vehicle management function, associated with operation of a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System, is that of continually redistributing empty vehicles throughout the system. In this report a procedure for performing this function is developed and evaluated. The procedure, carried out periodically (e.g. every few minutes) consists of three steps: (a) estimation of the surplus or deficit of empty vehicles at each station; (b) allocation of surpluses to deficits; and (c) preparation of a dispatch list for each station, based on the allocations, the list giving the disposition of successive empty vehicles as they become available. Two computer simulations were constructed to evaluate the procedure. Simulation runs demonstrated that the procedure worked well.
Johns Hopkins University, LaurelApplied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD United States 20723-6099
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Waddell, M C
- WILLIAMS, M B
- Ford, B M
- Publication Date: 1974-5
- Pagination: 132 p.
- TRT Terms: Automatic vehicle location; Car distribution (Railroads); Monitoring; Passengers; Personal rapid transit; Transportation operations
- Uncontrolled Terms: Automatic monitoring
- Old TRIS Terms: Passenger operations
- Subject Areas: Operations and Traffic Management; Passenger Transportation; Public Transportation; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00080218
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: APL/JHU-TPR-028 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-30010
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jan 29 1982 12:00AM