Ansaldo Transporti, an Italian firm, has developed a modular concept for constructing light rail or full rapid transit systems, using prefabricated components. Genoa has been the first to utilize this system of prefabricated line and station components for construction of its first 5-mile route which has 11 stations and will be fully operational in 1990. Part of the new Genoa line is subway, part on the surface and some consisting of "flyovers." About half the projected route required new civil engineering works and the remainder rehabilitation of existing structures. Modular construction has reduced costs. Elevated structures include concrete slab track bed supported by fabricated steel sections. Standardized modular station components include escalators, elevators, staircases, benches, clocks, signs and maintenance equipment. A modular control system also offers standardization with the potential of easy expansion. Two extensions are projected for the Genoa rapid transit line. Ansaldo is also building the 60 cars for its initial operation. The construction "kits" are fully catalogued. initial operation. The construction "kits" are fully catalogued.

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    Carter (C Carroll)

    538 National Press Building
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  • Publication Date: 1985-11

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  • Accession Number: 00454943
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:00PM