TRACK DESIGN CRITERIA FOR P.R.T. SYSTEMS IN URBAN AREAS

The potential of personalized rapid transit (PRT) systems is examined, such a system (a public transportation system with small-to-medium sized vehicles independently controlled and travelling on reserved tracks) is viewed against the background of the present urban transportation problems, and the situation is studied in relation to other possible solutions. Using the systems approach, planning goals and objectives are developed. The social economic and physical aspects of the various alternatives are evaluated against these objectives, and suggestions are made for arrangement, operation, and track design. There are four categories of solutions for the present urban situation: removal of congestion by resolving root causes; improvement of existing transport facilities; new modes of transport; do-nothing option. The new form of public transport considered here are PRT systems and the factors influencing such systems are: social, physical and aesthetic, and economic (demand, cost, fares). The operational and track characteristics of alternatives are studied. The advantages and limitations are outlined of ground level tracks, elevated tracks and tracks in tunnels. Comments are also made on stations - their frequency, relation to track level, and costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  USA  27706
  • Authors:
    • Copsey, N R
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00141073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1982 12:00AM