Cost models were developed for a research project to examine fixed rail service to airports. One proposal for a station located on a rail line near the airport called for an automated people mover (APM) system or shuttle buses that would link this station with the airport terminal area. A model was developed and used in the research to determine planning parameters and cost for an APM system. The model is used to calculate the total cost, annual operating cost, equivalent annual cost, cost per passenger, and other operational details such as average operating speed, travel time, number of cars required, and guideway configuration (single or dual shuttle, pinched loop). The inputs to the model can be grouped into four categories: general information, construction details, operational characteristics, and operating hours and passenger information. Default values based on historic and typical data are incorporated in the model, but the user can specify or change individual values. The model was written using Visual Basic 3.0. Menus make the model user-friendly. The model gives planners an easy-to-use method for determining planning costs and characteristics for an APM system. The model, its limitations, and an example application are described.


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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 89-96
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation 1995: current research in planning, management, technology, and ridesharing
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  • Accession Number: 00714924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061741
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1995 12:00AM