An evaluation was made to determine the feasibility of utilizing a multi-user vehicle system (MUVS) as an integral part of an urban transportation system. The analysis began with an appraisal of existing experience with MUVS city circulation services to determine whether the limited success with MUVS to date is indicative of inherent weaknesses with the concept or whether it can be attributed to isolated factors which could be overcome in future demonstration projects. It is concluded that neither of the two experiments with MUVS to date-one in Montpellier, France, and the other in Amsterdam, The Netherlands--provided conclusive evidence on the ultimate viability of MUVS. In both instances, a variety of unique and potentially correctable institutional and system design factors limited the potential of the systems. Based upon a through analysis of the key factors related to MUVS demand and supply issues and overall feasibility of a successful MUVS demonstration, however, it has been concluded that it is unlikely that MUVS is a viable and promising alternative mode for intra-CBD service with or without auto restrictions. The basic reasons for this conclusion are the following: unreliability of service; low system utilization; potentially large fleet size and terminal requirements; and potentially high system cost; These conclusions are derived from both qualitative and quantitative analyses.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 93 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184611
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-2Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM