One solution to urban transportation problems incorporates a pallet type of rail-carrier dual-mode transportation system. This system is technically feasible and incorporates a fully electrically propelled and controlled pallet rail-carrier vehicle applying ac drive with eddy current clutch and brakes. Present manual model components of automobiles and buses require limited interface equipment to operate. Automated-mode rail carrier permits speeds as high as 96 to 192 km/h (60 to 129 mph) and is applicable as a means of transportation in urban centers as well as between cities and cross country. Pallet rail-carrier dual-mode systems open the possibility of transforming present automobiles and buses into battery- powered units for electric propelling, which will help reduce considerably the hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide pollution as well as assist in fossil fuel conservation. The rail system guideway also permits automated operation of rapid transit vehicles or incorporates other mass transit systems with limited additional cost. Ferrying container cargo between cities or across countries could be performed within the system moving at the same high speeds resulting in an economical and effective distribution system throughout the country. /Author/

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    • This paper appears in Dual Mode Transportation, which is a publication containing the proceedings of a conference conducted by the Transportation Research Board, May 29-31, 1974. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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  • Created Date: Mar 15 1981 12:00AM