The State-of-the-Art Cars (SOAC) are designed to operate on urban rail rapid transit systems. These systems are characterized by: Heavy passenger volumes; frequent stops; exclusive right-of-way; steel rails; electric power; and multiple-unit operation. Currently, six U.S. metropolitan areas have rail rapid transit systems: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. In addition, Washington, D.C. is building a new rail rapid transit systems, and many cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, and Buffalo are planning new systems. The SOAC has been developed to demonstrate the optimum in current technology. It represents today's best available technical know-how in rail rapid vehicle development. SOAC interior and wayside raise levels, ride quality, interior design, propulsion system, suspension system, auxiliary power and the HVAC system (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) are described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 26 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM