FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN NEW TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY: THE MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA PROJECT

The report examines the technical and political context in which the automated guideway transit (AGT) research and demonstration project, conducted by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration at Morgantown, West Virginia was undertaken, and assesses its accomplishments against both stated and apparent objectives. Conclusions are that while the project has failed in reaching any of its objectives, the federal expenditures and efforts may prove not to be a total waste. A fundamental conclusion that can be drawn from the project experience is that the cost and complexity of high technology AGT systems applied to urban use is much more than originally estimated, even with perfect project management and cost effectiveness decisions. If presently high unit costs of advanced technology systems are to be reduced, the problems of market aggregation, production, and governmental implementation must be much more rigorously addressed.

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    Library of Congress

    Congressional Research Service
    Washington, DC  United States  20540
  • Authors:
    • COLE, L M
  • Publication Date: 1975-5-23

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 53 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HE 4200/75-80E
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM