The working paper describes a number of advanced transport systems currently under development. The systems have several elements in common:- they are automated systems. None of the vehicles need or are intended to carry a driver (although manual operation may be an option). Stations may or may not be manned depending on individual circumstances. They use a reserved track for safety and operational reasons. Their vehicles are generally smaller than those used in conventional urban transport. The largest vehicle described is 2.5 M wide 3.1 M high and carries about 50 passengers, while the smallest is 1.5 M wide 1.8 M high carrying 2-3 passengers. They are under serious development by or in association with large companies often with government assistance. The only exception is Cabtrack which was being develop by the U.K. Government, but whose development has now stopped. Chauvinism persuaded us to include it. A full list of all ideas and innovations, many of which have not reached the prototype stage is given by "Unconventional Passenger Transportation Systems" U.I.T.P. 1973 (306p). Some of the technical and economic features of the 24 systems included in the review are described. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lanchester Polytechnic, England

    Priory Street
    Coventry CV1 5FB,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Black, I G
    • Gillie, R F
    • LONGLEY, C J
    • Thomas, T H
  • Publication Date: 1973-12


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 63 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 21
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1981 12:00AM