This article describes the growing market and popularity of people movers. Recent improvements of the Morgantown system has renewed the interests of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA). In 1976, UMTA committed a total of $220 million to build people movers in Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, and St. Paul. In addition, Baltimore and Miami were allowed to build people movers if funds could be appropriated from previous federal funding. In 1978 Congress asked that Baltimore, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Norfolk be permitted to apply for DPM capital grants. These seven second-tier cities will be asked for additional planning before requesting preliminary engieeering money. A status report on the individual downtown people mover (DPM) projects in the first four-tier cities are included in this article. Although the systems are called downtown people movers, their use is not limited to the CBD. People movers could theoretically be installed wherever there is a sufficient demand for collecting and distributing people. The DPM's major advantages include total automotation and low labor costs.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • Ichniowski, T
  • Publication Date: 1977-12-12

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 25-26
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  • Accession Number: 00172370
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1981 12:00AM