SRI conducted this study as part of an assessment program sponsored by UMTA. The purpose of the program is to gain an in-depth understanding of the performance, capabilities, and limitations of the AGT systems at WALT DISNEY WORLD, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Fairlane Town Center, Tampa International Airport, Houston Intercontinental Airport, and King's Dominion Amusement Park, as well as to provide a uniformly documented presentation of automated guideway transit (AGT) installations for UMTA's AGT program and for use by other research groups and interested parties. This final report, one of six site reports, describes and assesses the WEDway PeopleMover System, an automated guideway transit system used for passenger transport at WALT DISNEY WORLD in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Information and data were collected by the authors through surveys of technical literature; formal site visits; interviews with operators, management, and engineering personnel; and a visit to the system manufacturer. The WEDway system represents the state-of-the-art in passive vehicles; it is completely passive except for its mechanical running gear. WEDway consists of a single 4,600-ft closed loop with only one station. Although it carries more than 4.5 million passengers/yr, there have been no serious accidents. The system design has resulted in a very reliable system. The use of a linear induction motor as the prime mover has shown efficiencies both in operation and maintenance. The authors state that although the WEDway exceeds its operational requirements, future work is necessary to explore the advantages/disadvantages of a passive system before durability of the system is determined.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated Dec 77, PB-281820.
  • Corporate Authors:

    SRI International

    333 Ravenswood Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  United States  94025-3493

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Yen, A M
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0135-77-5Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-70034
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1981 12:00AM