Volume II documents the results of an investigation into the feasibility of Multi-User Vehicle Systems (MUVS) as a mode of urban transportation and which is often suggested as one solution to the problem of transportation within congested urban areas. A review of existing experience, an examination of key factors, and an assessment of MUVS feasibility was conducted as the first stage in a potentially in-depth research and experimental effort. MUVS is a paratransit mode of transportation which consists of a fleet of small user-operated vehicles available for rental between terminals within a well-defined service area. Although this study considered a wide array of potential vehicles, the basic concept examined herein is similar to the various short-term rental cars. The goals and objectives of MUVS are to: (1) alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow; (2) increase mobility; (3) provide an additional choice of mode; (4) reduce air pollution from vehicle emissions; (5) reduce noise; (6) conserve energy; and (7) reduce land requirements for parking. A detailed examination of a MUVS as a Central Business District (CBD) circulation service in Amsterdam and in Montpellier, France is presented. Various characteristics of each system are identified and compared.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA. See also Volume 1, PB-286313, and Volume 3, PB-286315. Also available in set of 9 reports PC E20, PB-286 312-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Moore-Header Architects

    806 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02118

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 105 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-2Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM