AIRTRANS is an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System which provides inter-terminal transit service for passengers at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. The successful deployment of this system has prompted the investigation of the extension of AGT technology into the urban environment to relieve the congestion and pollution caused by increasing auto and bus transit. Phase I of the AIRTRANS Urban Technology Program (AUTP) covers the activities of the Vought Corporation, which tested the system for operation in an urban application. Independent assessments were made to determine what changes would be required, which were: (1) higher operating speeds; (2) better passenger acceptance; (3) reduced capital and operating costs; (4) increased reliability; (5) better all-weather capability; and (6) increased energy efficiency. The AUTP was structured into a two-phase program. Phase I was completed in 1977, and includes the development and demonstration of the subsystem improvements necessary for higher speed operations, while maintaining or improving reliability, availability, cost, and performance characteristics of the overall AIRTRANS system. This consisted of baseline tests with the test vehicle at speeds of 17 and 30 mph using the existing AIRTRANS propulsion, collector, steering, and control and communications systems. After a thorough analysis of the data from these tests, design changes were incorporated and new components were acquired or fabricated. This equipment was installed on the vehicle and guideway testing was again conducted. The overall conclusion reached in Phase I is that the existing AIRTRANS AGT system can be improved to make it a viable transit system for urban deployments. The basic design, with improvements expected from AUTP Phase II will provide for the successful deployment of urban AIRTRANS systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by Vought Corp., Dallas, TX. Systems Div. Errata sheets inserted.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport Board

    Dallas, TX  United States 

    Vought Corporation

    Systems Division, P.O. Box 5907
    Dallas, TX  United States  75222

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Albach, W C
    • HALL, V W
    • Koonce, B L
    • Preston III, O H
    • Payne, J N
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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  • Pagination: 289 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190971
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TX-06-0020-78-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1982 12:00AM