ALL-WEATHER PROTECTION FOR AGT GUIDEWAYS AND STATIONS

This paper presents a synopsis of the state-of-the-art review of winter weather protection for existing AGT (automated guideway transit) systems conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation UMTA sponsored AGT Guideway and Station Technology Project. The objective of this paper is to identify the problems, experiences, and techniques associated with winter weather operation of AGT systems. The information presented was compiled through a literature search and from information provided by system and equipment operators and manufacturers. Bottom-supported, rubber-tired AGT vehicle systems are the focus of the paper as they are the only type of AGT system with significant winter operational experience. These systems include Bendix at Toronto Zoo, Boeing at Morgantown, Ford at Fairlane, Vought at Airtrans, and the Westinghouse test tracks at South Park and West Mifflin. Three AGT guideway-related areas are identified as being most susceptible to the adverse effects of winter weather--power and signal collection, maintenance of traction, and switching. The problems experienced and countermeasures currently employed in each of these areas are presented. The countermeasures include mechanical, thermal, chemical, abrasive, manual, and other approaches. The paper also identifies techniques which warrant further investigation to improve AGT all-weather operation. /Authors/

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    • Stevens, Robert D
    • Nicarico, Thomas J
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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 337-342
  • Monograph Title: SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL RESEARCH
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  • Accession Number: 00193900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM