RAPID TRANSIT CAN BE ECONOMICALLY SOUND

The Lindenwold-Philadelphia Rapid Transit Line has proved that attractive, modern rail rapid transit trains working in coordination with the private automobile can produce an efficient transportation system. Operational concepts which have contributed to the success of the transit include the following: the train is operated by one man regardless of the length; trains are designed to facilitate rapid changes in train-consist without intervening moves to a marshalling yard; successful automation; and an automatic fare collection system. The design of this transit system emphasized concepts of speed, reliability and cleanliness. The factors which influence choice of travel mode have been identified as (in descending order): speed, convenience, comfort and cost. Features regarding the operating organization and operating results are briefly outlined. The transit service has shown that it can reduce air and noise pollution and conserve energy; materially reduce traffic congestion; and existing technology is capable of providing the kind of rapid transit service which will induce automobile drivers to become transit riders.

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    American Transport Association

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  • Authors:
    • Johnston, R B
  • Publication Date: 1975-11-28

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 1-8
  • Serial:
    • Passenger Transport
    • Volume: 33
    • Issue Number: 48
    • Publisher: American Public Transportation Association
    • ISSN: 0364-345X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1981 12:00AM