This paper discusses a methodology that can be used to either develop an approximate initial car design or to analyze an existing design by varying the number of design elements to determine their effects. A computer program was developed to implement the methodology. The program is designed to perform an economic analysis that provides the minimum total annual costs. A set of equations was developed to describe the interactions between car design elements and cost. The study concludes the there are many possibilities for using this methodology. Sensitivity analysis have show that the program operates realistically. Cost comparisons may be made for cars of different lengths, various interest rates on capital investment, and various system parameters such as headway, demand, and system length. This program may also be updated for new data and new costs to account for inflation, changing technology and other factors.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 4-7
  • Monograph Title: Rail transit
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026520
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1983 12:00AM