The report discusses a prototype low pollution paratransit vehicle (PTV) designed and constructed for evaluation by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Special features of this PTV include a large comfortable interior which would accommodate five passengers, an automated door and ramp system that would provide convenient ingress/egress for a wheelchair passenger, and low pollution Rankine cycle (steam) engine. This tyep of vehicle aims to provide transportation for the inform, handicapped, and elderly in erither a DIal-A-Ride, jitney, or taxicab service. The PTV was completed, acceptance tested, and delivered to the U.S. Department of Transportation in June 1976. The vehicle was displayed as part of a taxi design exhibition (summer 1976) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Following the exhibition, the PTV was scheduled for dynamic testing by an independent contractor. This report concludes that the steam engine propulsion system has the potential for low exhaust emissions, but needs considerable improvement in both efficiency and reliability before it is ready for installation in motor vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Steam Power Systems, Incorporated

    7617 Convoy Court
    ,   United States 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Schneider, P H
    • Norton, D D
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-06-0079-78-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-50019
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2003 12:00AM