THE ELECTRIC RAILWAY PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE COMMITTEE STREETCAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: FIVE TECHNICAL BULLETINS, 1931-1933
The street railway industry experienced a period of economic difficulty in the late 1920's as costs for new equipment and operating costs rapidly escalated, and automobile ownership increased dramatically. Industry leaders agreed on a unique industry research and development program to develop a totally different, technologically advanced street railway car that would compete in performance characteristics with the automobile, be less expensive to purchase, and that would increase transit ridership. The research program was financed by street railway companies and commercial firms in the transit supply business. They pioneered use of rubber suspension systems, unitized all-welded steel body construction, and advanced illumination.
Electric Railway President's Conference CommitteeNew York, NY United States
Urban Mass Transportation AdministrationOffice of Research, Development and Demonstration
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Hirschfeld, C F
- Publication Date: 1931-9-30
- Pagination: 143 p.
- TRT Terms: Competition; Development; Economic conditions; Electric railroads; Human factors; Human factors engineering; Light rail vehicles; Meetings; Passenger comfort; Railroad cars; Recession; Research; Research projects; Reviews; Street railroads; Streetcars; Systems engineering; Tests; Vehicle design
- Uncontrolled Terms: Experimental design; Research and development
- Old TRIS Terms: Car design; Economic mobilization; Economic recovery
- Subject Areas: Design; Economics; Railroads; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00090415
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: Bulletin 1 Spec Rpt.
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: May 29 1977 12:00AM