Automated short headway urban transportation systems were viewed in the early Seventies as a possible means of effecting radical change in the type of transit service available in cities. However, interest has declined and government-sponsored efforts in the area have ceased. The decline in interest was accompanied by much debate among the advocates of the various forms of transit. However, it does not appear to reflect the potential merits and limitations of short headway systems as disclosed by analysis. This paper provides a basis for comparing short headway systems of citywide scale with conventional transit means. The limitations inherent in rapid rail installations are reviewed and contrasted with the performance of short headway systems. Illustrative, large-scale guideway configurations for systems operating in the three-second headway range are defined and levels of service are dedicated using simplified heuristic methods. A basis is provided for specification and analysis of systems conforming to realistic spatial and passenger-movement constraints. It is concluded that automated transit systems operating in the three-second headway range remain visible candidates for large-scale installations.

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  • Accession Number: 00493733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM