The history of train control technology has seen extensive, but not complete, replacement of the human operator by machines. The increasing reliance on automation, both on existing transit systems and those under development, raises several basic issues about this application of technology. Questions about the safety, operational advantages, cost effectiveness and institutional factors associated with automation were raised by the Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in conjunction with federally supported rail rapid transit projects. This report deals with the degree of automation which is technically feasible, economically justifiable, or otherwise appropriate for rail rapid transit. Divergent opinions are included and, where the subject matter is controversial, an attempt has been made to present a balanced treatment.

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 238 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139938
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Congress
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1982 12:00AM