ACCELERATING MOVING WALKWAY SYSTEMS. TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. REPORT B

This report is part of a series that assesses the technology and development of Accelerated Moving Walkway Systems (AMWS). The system has the capacity to accelerate pedestrians to 4 to 5 times the conventional system speed through changing treadway configuration. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the current status of AMWS technology, to establish potential candidates for a public demonstration, to fix definitive cost and operational data, and to establish user acceptability and safety. The objective is to produce a system which will operate with a line speed of twice the speed of walking and which will provide a time and human saving advantage to extend the effective moving way system range. This report includes a history of moving way system development and summarizes the available information necessary to describe and assess the systems of five AMWS developers which are at, or near, the hardware prototype stage of development and testing. The systems are Speedaway, Trax, Applied Physics Laboratory, Boeing, and Dean. The systems considered in this study vary in their dimensional environs, thus affecting their adaptability to site applications. The variations are between the designs forming a single linear configuration similar to existing moving way systems, and other designs forming loop or 'S' shaped configurations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-287 083.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fruin, J
    • Marshall, R
    • Zeigen, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 92 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-2
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1981 12:00AM