An Accelerating Moving Walkway System (AMWS) is a pedestrian assist device having the capability through changing treadway configuration to accelerate pedestrians to 4 to 5 times normal moving way system speeds after boarding and to decelerate prior to discharge. Conventional moving way systems, escalators and moving walks, enjoy wide public acceptability and rank as one of the safest transportation modes in terms of numbers of passengers carried. Accelerating moving walkways will introduce several new operating characteristics which may influence accident experience. Depending on the system, treadway surfaces will expand and contract or change relative position, and handrails will expand and contract or be used in series at varying speeds. Based on the report studies which include an overview of transportation safety, identification and evaluation of possible AMWS hazards, an analysis of moving way accident experience on conventional escalators, the reports of Project safety consultants and the proceedings of a Project Safety Seminar, there appears to be no apriori reason why an AMWS cannot be operated in a public demonstration mode at acceptable levels of safety. This assumes that a basic safety program is followed addressing human factors and equipment design, equipment operation and maintenance, instruction of passengers in correct use, and that the demonstration environment is appropriate and controls are maintained to assure proper system use.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
    New York, NY  United States  10003-1604

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Tech Development & Deployment, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fruin, J
    • Marshall, R
    • Zeigen, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-3Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM