A new very light rail (VLR) concept called CyberTran (cybernetic transportation) is currently being tested and has a few distinctions from the more conventional means of mass transit - individual rail vehicles are controlled by computers rather than human operators. According to the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), a facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy and where it was developed, the concept promises an energy-efficient and cost-effective means of transportation. Although the technology could be used for both intercity and intracity transportation - the potential for providing a low-cost, intercity mode of transit could prove to be the most efficient use of the concept. On the longer-distance, intercity routes, each vehicle could carry 6-14 passengers on airliner type seats at speeds reaching 150 mph. Cost estimates show significantly lower capital investment and direct operating costs compared to other advanced mass transit systems.

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    PTN Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Siuru, B
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


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  • Accession Number: 00721775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1996 12:00AM