Some recent cost comparisons of conventional and Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) have directly used data from experimental AGT systems. These results are biased in that comparisons are made between an immature AGT system and mature forms of conventional transit. In effect, the analysis has not captured the long term advantage of AGT, which results from the substitution of technology for labor. An operational computer model is described which make appropriate cost comparisons. It is a life-cycle cost model that time-phases costs, accounts for the time value of money, incorporates time phased efficiency gains and provides for the impact of relative and general inflation. The model has been tested with AIRTRANS data from the AIRTRANS Assessment Project. Results are illustrative only. Conclusions concerning AIRTRANS operation are not possible as the data used was preliminary and is already out of date with more recent data showing significant cost reductions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • (PC A05/MF A01)
  • Corporate Authors:

    General Research Corporation

    Operations Analysis Division, Westgate Research Park
    McLean, VA  United States  22101

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Graver, C A
    • Jenkins-Stark, J F
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00146461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CR-1-702 Final Rpt., UMTA-CA-06-0090-76-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-60044
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM