A Planner's Guide to Fixed Guideway Electrification Projects: Part II - Environmental Considerations

This is Part II of a guide to some of the major elements a planner should take into consideration when designing fixed guideways and electrified railways. This section addresses environmental considerations. The prevailing need to power urban rail systems with electricity means that design consideration must be given to how the power is delivered. Catenaries, in particular, can risk introducing visual blight into a cityscape. Another environmental impact is how the new facility will affect land use. The effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields are another element that planners should be aware of and incorporate information as needed. Air quality, noise and vibration, and visuals and aesthetics are also important considerations. One rubber-tired system is shown that permits a vehicle to leave the guideway under special conditions. Additional considerations are outlined, and a chart is provided illustrating more and less successful efforts at gaining public acceptance for projects.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 3,6,8-9
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  • Accession Number: 01047220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2007 5:23PM