ACCELERATING MOVING WALKWAY SYSTEMS. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Accelerating Moving Walkway Systems (AMWS) permit passengers to travel at higher speeds than conventional walkways. This report summarizes the results of a series of feasibility studies (6) conducted as the first phase of a program leading to the public demonstration of an AMWS. The general conclusion of the studies are that there are currently 5 AMWS developed sufficiently to be considered as candidates for a public demonstration of the technology. Evaluation of safety indicates that these systems would be capable of operating at levels of safety acceptable to the general population. Potential applications for the technology include a wide variety of prospective uses as a pedestrian assist system for transit, airports, and urban activity centers. Additionally, the systems offer a lower life-cycle cost and reduced energy alternative to vehicular systems under certain conditions. The systems are shown to be cost effective in high volume pedestrian corridors. Phasing of the Demonstration Program is advisable to assure that equipment development and plans are advanced sufficiently to obtain comparable design data for candidate systems, and that adequate programs of equipment and user tests are conducted prior to the selection of the demonstration unit. Demonstration program plans include sufficient user tests to determine public acceptability of the technology, as well as to provide sufficient operating time to establish system reliability and costs. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Phase I studies summarized herein are: Technology Assessment; Safety and Human Factors; Market, Attributes, Applications, Benefits; Development, Testing, Procurement; Demonstration Plan; and Safety Seminar Proceedings (UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-2 through UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-7).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
    New York, NY  USA  10003-1604
  • Authors:
    • Fruin, J
    • Marshall, R
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Pagination: p. 31

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0126-78-1Exec Sum, IT-06-0126
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM