A REVIEW OF THE STATE OF THE ART OF PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT

The paper provides a review of the rational for development of personal rapid transit (PRT), examines the reasons for its slow development and looks at the process needed to develop it. Shown is the way the PRT concept can be derived from a system-significant equation for life cycle cost per passenger mile as the system that minimizes this quantity. The paper also discusses the state of the art of a series of technical issues that had to be resolved during the development of an optimum PRT design. These include capacity, switching, the issue of hanging vs. supported vehicles, guideways, vehicles, control, station operations, system operations, reliability, availability, dependability, safety, the calculation of curved guideways, operational simulation, power and energy. The paper concludes with a listing of implications for a city that deploys an optimized PRT system.

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    Institute for Transportation, Incorporated

    1410 Duke University Road
    Durham, NC  United States  27705
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, J E
  • Publication Date: 2000-3

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00792491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 2000 12:00AM