Manufacturers information on the speed and capacity of horizontal moving sidewalks is presented and compared with observations at Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports. Several definitions of capacity are considered and conclusions are drawn with respect to the observations at Los Angeles and San Francisco. Allowable speeds of ramps or walks are tabulated, and it is noted that horizontal moving sidewalks are restricted to a maximum speed of 180 ft. per minute, and that the fastest manufacturer specified speed in U.S. installations is 125 ft. per minute. User safety aspects are also discussed. It is noted that it would be more desirable to define capacity as the rate at which users can enter the moving walk and not the rate at which they exit. The majority of users arrived at the moving sidewalk entrance within 10 seconds of others. Further observations related to location of the sidewalk, and service times are also recorded.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Transportation Facilites Workshop: Passengers, Freight and Parking.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Hoch, C J
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00155504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM