CRUSWAY is a simple dual-mode transit system as personal and as convenient as the automobile. It has the capacity to handle downtown traffic and yet is cheap enough for network coverage in the suburbs. Highlights of its features and performance are as follows: (a) way- elevated, enclosed, continual flow; (b) vehicles-minicars to bicycles, personally owned and driven; (c) user spectrum-senior citizens to school children; (d) network spacing-1 to 2 blocks in the center city and 2 to 4 blocks in the suburbs; (e) trip speed-24 to 32 km/h (15 to 20 mph)compared to 16 to 32 km/h (10 to 20 mph) for the urban automobile and 11 to 16 km/h (7 to 10 mph) for bus or subway; (f) capacity-7200 vehicles/hour in a 2.4-m (8-ft) way compared to 4000 vehicles/hour in a 6-lane street; (g) cost-$312 500/km ($500 000/mile) or 5 to 8 cents/passenger-km (3 to 5 cents/passenger-mile) with above network spacing; (h) fuel economy-about 210 passenger-km/liter (500 passenger-miles/gal) of fuel at the power station, and (i) noise and pollution-negligible. Because it provides a service like that of the automobile with far better economy, CRUSWAY has the potential to attract most urban travelers and ultimately to eliminate the automobile noise, pollution, and congrestion in cities and to reduce our national oil consumption by about 30 percent. /Author/

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