In present transit system serving downtown New Orleans includes one streetcar line, 19 local bus routes, and 9 express bus routes duing rush hours. The system is considered inadequate to the downtown area. Because a long-term circulation system was needed within the downtown area, the City began a program that would culminate in the procurement and construction of a cable suspended transit system (CSTS) that would be in place and operational for the opening of the 1984 World Exposition. The system was never built. Lack of funding prevented its construction. The City still views the CSTS as a viable alternative for a downtown circulation system. This conceptual engineering report investigates the feasibility of constructing a CSTS in the City of New Orleans. It documents and summarizes the work completed to date on the CSTS. Two major goals associated with the CSTS are: 1) national--to demonstrate the feasibility of a new technology as a major transit circulation system and the advantages over a fixed-guideway system; and 2) regional-to develop a circulation system within the central business district that provides high level service between and within areas not easily accessible to each other. The report presents: goals and objectives used as a starting point for preliminary engineering work; defines systemwide requirements for safety, security, system assurance, and the elderly and handicapped; methods for determning ridership forecasts; vehicle fleet size; stations; maintenance and storage facilities; and right-of-way requirements. In addition, two CSTS guideway configuratgions (Steel-beam guideway and cableway) are presented along with system elements, capital cost estimates, and all-bus alternative.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kaiser Enterprises

    3250 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90010

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1982-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 162 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-URT-10-82 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM