For more than 20 years, the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (Morgantown-PRT) system has been providing efficient service to the students of West Virginia University (WVU) and the people of Morgantown. The system, which carries 2 million passengers per year, was a state-of-the-art system at its conception (1975) and remains one of the most advanced public transportation systems today. However, problems of wear out and computer system/technology obsolescence, namely, the Control and Communications System, generated this study to evaluate the various options available for upgrading the existing control system to a computing architecture that will satisfy the system goals for safety, reliability and maintainability. The study was conducted by the people who were involved in the original design and deployment of the Morgantown-PRT computers and software. This evaluation study: defines the current and potential computer problems and assesses their impacts; identifies alternative solutions and evaluates the best candidates in detail; discusses the approach for converting and testing of the rehosted software; and presents the cost and schedule estimates for the Morgantown-PRT. Basically, the study consisted of two parts: 1) evaluation of the commercially available computer platforms, operating systems, and high order languages and choosing a combination best suited for rehosting the existing Morgantown-PRT; and 2) evaluation of existing and new technologies to determine if it makes sense to incorporate any of them into the present system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Defense and Space Group

    Information & Electronics Systems Division, P.O. Box 3999
    Seattle, WA  United States  98124-2499

    West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown

    Personal Rapid Transit, 998th Street, P.O. Box 6565
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506-6565

    Federal Transit Administration

    Office of Technical Assistance and Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Alberts, R E
    • Goo, M B
    • Schroder, R J
    • Weis, P D
  • Publication Date: 1996-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721783
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FTA-WV-26-7000-96-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1996 12:00AM