Automated guideway transit, as applied in Japan, has been marked by rather lengthy routes that the author calls intermediate capacity transit. Most American AGTs are shorter people movers. While the first Japanese AGT, a 6.4-km route opened in Kobe in 1981, operates with no crew onboard, subsequent installations have elected for less than full automation. Four of the six ICT systems use rubber-tire suspensions running on guideways and the the other two are monorails, one straddle and the other suspended. Details on guideway design, vehicles, propulsion, signaling and communications are given. The author explains that experience gained with the first two systems showed that automatic controls were not necessarily cheaper than an operator's wages and his presence did give passengers a sense of increased security. For monorails which lack an emergency walkway along the guideway, it is believed that an operator should be present to deal with emergencies.

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  • Authors:
    • IGUCHI, M
  • Publication Date: 1986-1

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  • Accession Number: 00455133
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  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:00PM