INDEPENDENT STUDY OF PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT, AUTOMATED GUIDEWAY TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The objectives of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) Technology Program are to: (1) develop estimates of the cost, service, reliability, safety and performance of AGT systems in representative urban deployments; (2) generate performance specifications for future AGT engineering development programs; (3) synthesize guideline standards for AGT systems to include safety and reliability; and (4) identify critical technology shortcomings that currently impede the implementation of viable AGT systems and develop the required technology. A portion of the Program consists of independent studies in specific areas by organizations that have expertise in those areas. This report summarizes the findings of an independent study in the area of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and was conducted by the Aerospace Corporation. This study consists of four Tasks which are presented separately. Existing hardware and software technology is reviewed for applicability to implementation of future U.S. PRT systems. The systems reviewed include Aerospace, Aramis, Cabtrack, Cabintaxi, and the Computer-Controlled Vehicle system. Environmental and energy impacts of PRT are estimated and compared with alternate forms of AGT and conventional urban transportation modes. A general methodology for establishing the feasibility of PRT in an urban area is defined and applied to the Los Angeles Basin for demonstration purposes. Areas where research and development are required to make a future PRT system deployment feasible are described, and an approach to fulfill the noted technology shortcomings is provided. The study concludes that further developments are required of the PRT full-scale systems and in most of the critical subsystem areas as well.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerospace Corporation

    2350 East El Sequdo Boulevard
    El Sequndo, CA  United States  90245

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Tech Development & Deployment, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Olson, C L
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 365 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186851
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-06-0090-77-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-60052T
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1982 12:00AM