In choosing a traffic system for a certain district, all relevant factors must be considered, such as journey patterns, available resources, and objectives regarding walking distances, journey times, comfort etc. It is difficult to quote general cost levels for different modes; the energy requirement varies considerably. Tests by Swedish rail to introduce 200 km/h trains offer large savings in time, but problems connected with unmanned crossings must be solved. The chief improvements needed for railbound transport concern station comfort. The needs of the handicapped will be catered for, and automatic ticket systems will free staff from routine tasks. Express traffic can be designed to miss a number of stops or to use every other stop. Investment costs for auto-minibuses are very high. Design speed and choice of braking system are critical. Buses are the most versatile mode. To make getting on and off easier, introduction of several smaller wheels may be necessary to lower the floor level. Reserved lanes are useful but bottlenecks occur at end points, and kerbside parking creates obstacles. Bus stops are usually of low standard. Speeds can be increased by using the skip-stop system. Taxibus costs are very high and must be subsidised. /TRRL/

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    Svenska Vag-Och Vattenbyggaren Riksforband

    Regeringsgaten 98
    S-11139 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Sillen, P
  • Publication Date: 1975


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 49-52
  • Serial:
    • Vag-Och Vattenbyggaren
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Svenska Vag-Och Vattenbyggaren Riksforband
    • ISSN: 0042-2177

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM