This report is part of a series that assesses the technology and development of Accelerating Moving Walkway Systems (AMWS). The system is a pedestrian assist device with the capability through changing treadway configuration to accelerate pedestrians to 4 to 5 times the normal entrance speeds after boarding, and to decelerate prior to discharge. This report attempts to show how AMWS offers the prospects of improving average pedestrian speeds and trip times and reduces human energy expenditure. This would effectively extend the pedestrian range and provide for increased urban development constrained by the limits of acceptable walking distance. Pedestrian movement within cities is not always convenient, vehicular transportation does not function well on congested urban streets, vehicles pollute and are energy intensive, and the central city is in need of improvement in its quality of life. Effective human scale horizontal movement systems are seen as an important means of fulfilling many of these objectives. Potential applications include feeders to transit; substitutes for AGT, bus, or rail; airport movement systems; urban land use integrators; and vehicle free zone support systems. Benefits include improved transit connections, pedestrian safety, reduced pollution and energy use, and improvements in urban life.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-287 082 and PB-287 084.
  • 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

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fruin, J
    • Marshall, R
    • Perilla, O
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-4
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1981 12:00AM