This report documents the development of analytical techniques and their use for investigating the performance of intercity ground passenger transportation systems. The purpose of the study is twofold: (1) to provide a capability of evaluating new passenger train systems and (2) to provide information that assists in the formulation of development policies for new systems, thus, investigations evaluate the physical performance (average velocity, system capacity, mode split) of train systems with various design characteristics operating in a range of application conditions. Based on these analyses, conclusions are made regarding the potential performance effectivenss of train systems. The analyses cover design cruise speed, acceleration and braking rates, train length, seat density and lateral acceleration limits. Application characteristics considered include station spacing, dwell time, curve length, spacing and speed, switch concepts and train control strategies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The Federal Railroad Administration, DOT, sponsored this research.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • HITZ, J S
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 192 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D-76-248 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM