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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 1995 International Symposium on Public Works and the Human Environment, Seattle, WA, 19-21 Apr 1995. Sponsored by Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Idaho National Laboratory

    2525 Freemont Avenue
    Idaho Falls, ID  United States  83402-1509
  • Authors:
    • Dearien, J A
    • Buehrer, M S
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: INEL-94-00134, CONF-9504129-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1996 12:00AM