Lille Metro, the fully automated VAL urban transit system, has operated for 2 years and carried 40 million passengers. Operation of trains without personnel on board has caused no anxiety or reticience on the part of users. VAL got off to a troble-free start and has won the complete acceptance of Lille citizens. The second-stage, due for opening in 1989, will require a total fleet of 83 2-car trains. Rush-hour headway is now 1.5 min; off-peak the headway is 3 min and at night 5 min. The car fleet will be expanded in 1986 to permit 1-min headways during the peak. Full automation brings a radical change in the economics of rapid transit and achieves safety and availability equal or superior to the best conventional systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Press

    Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Plagnol, M
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Accession Number: 00399802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM