PROTOTYPE PARATRANSIT VEHICLE AS DESIGNED BY STEAM POWER SYSTEMS, INC
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.
Steam Power Systems, Incorporated7617 Convoy Court
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Schneider, P H
- Norton, D D
- Publication Date: 1976-8
- Pagination: 89 p.
- TRT Terms: Aged; Air quality management; Emergency vehicles; Exhaust gases; Jitneys; Paratransit services; Physically handicapped persons; Public transit; Rankine engines; Steam engines; Taxicabs; Wheelchairs
- Old TRIS Terms: Public service vehicles
- Subject Areas: Highways; Public Transportation; Society; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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