More than 50 years ago transit operations planners recognized the opportunity to make use of freeways to expedite selected movements of their conventional (gasoline and diesel) buses. Other planners found the medians and margins of freeways to be useful rights of way for rail lines. Meanwhile, electric trolleybus operation has been confined almost entirely to local urban and suburban streets with slow-moving traffic and closely spaced intersections. Now, driven by concerns about air quality and replenishable fuel, there is a renewed interest in the trolleybus mode. Progressive planners are considering the feasibility of expanding the operating environment of the trolleybus beyond its traditional boundaries. One possibility is to operate trolleybuses on freeways in a manner similar to diesel buses. If operation on freeways and other controlled-access highways is to be seriously considered, a number of factors not present with local street operation must be explored. These factors are identified and discussed.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 68-73
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation: bus, rail, ridesharing, paratransit services, and transit security
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  • Accession Number: 00667621
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309055105
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 7 1994 12:00AM