OPERATIONAL POTENTIAL OF SUSPENDED VEHICLE SYSTEMS (SVS)

Earlier high speed ground transportation (HSGT) studies have confirmed the feasibility of high speed suspended vehicle systems (SVS). This study determines the operating regimes within which the SVS offers potential advantages over other HSGT alternatives such as high speed rail (HSR) and tracked air cushion vehicle (TACV) systems. Each system type provides an equal level of transportation service for typical high speed applications, including 200 mile intercity and 40 mile airport access corridors. Various design options concerning guideway supporting structures for above, below and at-grade construction are examined considering costs and planning and community preferences for each basic land use category. Collocation with existing transportation corridors offers the potential of significantly reduced right-of-way costs and less negative impact on the surrounding community.

  • Corporate Authors:

    TRW Transportation and Environmental Operations

    Space Park Drive
    Houston, TX  USA 

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Walston, T C
    • Graham, H R
    • Dietrich, W H
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 193 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090556
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 96034-L012-0 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-30004
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1981 12:00AM