An automatic transit system for the new Dallas-Ft. Worth regional airport of Arlington, Tex., will be tested in the Los Angeles area this year. The actual installation will be at the L.A. County Pomona fair gounds and include a life-size test guideway about 1,200 ft. long with connecting spur and passenger station to facilitate rapid transit between the fair gounds with its spacious parking facilities and downtown Pomona. Two passenger vehicles with combined seating and standing capacity of 30 each will be placed in operation over the system under simulated airport conditions. The tests will cost more than $560,000 and are designed to permit evaluation of the Dashaveyor as an airport rapid transit system. The test vehicles will be operated under automatic control and are planned to demonstrate vehicle safety, acceleration, deceleration, jerk rates, controlled stopping, loading and unloading of passengers (including vehicle door operation), and service and emergency braking. The Dashaveyor system, originally developed to carry ore and mine personnel in rugged service, has been adapted to carrying people, cargo and solid waste. It is fully automatic; powered by electricity; locked in a guideway of dual rails; relatively silent and smog free; protected by electronic watchdog control and capable of running on, over or under any surface. It is said to be the only transit which can be operated horizontally like a train, vertically like an elevator or at virtually any angle of descent or climb like a conveyor belt. A 5.5-mile mining version is already in operation after extensive testing at the Copper Range Company's mine near the town of White Pine, Mich.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1970-6-8

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  • Accession Number: 00155624
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM