VERY LIGHT RAIL (VLR) TECHNOLOGY - A NEW, SIMPLE, SAFE, COST-EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTION TO MEET FUTURE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS
An increasing number of papers, government programs, and studies, are directed toward the economics of lighter weight vehicles in mass transit. The objectives of these activities are generally directed toward the increased energy efficiency of the lighter vehicles or the benefits to the infrastructure - less wear, repair, or construction cost, or both. Some systems studies of potential magnetic levitation concepts have minimized the size of the vehicles in order to increase the operational flexibility of the system. CyberTran was designed and developed from the ground up as a small vehicle transportation system with the primary objectives of 1) reducing the capital and operating costs of high speed rail and transit systems and 2) maximizing rider appeal and safety. The potential for significant savings in capital cost with a small vehicle rail systems like CyberTran has been evaluated. This paper discusses the operational benefits which can be realized with a rail system based on small, light weight, and computer controlled vehicles. CyberTran was developed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Research and Development Laboratory in Southeastern Idaho.
- 1995 International Symposium on Public Works and the Human Environment, Seattle, WA, 19-21 Apr 1995. Sponsored by Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Idaho National Laboratory2525 Freemont Avenue
Idaho Falls, ID United States 83402-1509
- Dearien, J A
- Buehrer, M S
- Publication Date: 1995
- Pagination: 5 p.
- TRT Terms: Capital costs; Cost control; Light rail transit; Magnetic levitation vehicles; Operating costs; Safety
- Uncontrolled Terms: Cost reduction; Energy efficiency
- Subject Areas: Operations and Traffic Management; Public Transportation; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00719071
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: INEL-94-00134, CONF-9504129-1
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 6 1996 12:00AM