The report presents the results of three studies relating to dual-mode personal rapid transit (DM/PRT) operation. The first is an investigation of the feasibility of using trains in a DM/PRT system to increase line capacity. It is shown that trains can be used, thereby increasing capacity to as much as 10,000 cars per hour and without incurring excessive delays. In the second, measures for insuring safe and reliable operation on guideways are examined. The study concludes that extensive car testing, involving costly equipment, must be performed each time a car enters onto the guideway, or pallets must be used for guideway travel. The third study concerns the initial cost of a DM/PRT system. It is shown that overall cost is at least as great as for an all-guideway system, and that about half the cost is for cars. Thus private car financing ownership would reduce substantially the amount requiring public financing. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Applied Physics Laboratory

    Johns Hopkins University
    Silver Spring, MD  United States  20910
  • Authors:
    • Waddell, M C
    • Roesler, W J
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

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  • Pagination: 168 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047574
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: APL/JHU-CP020/TPR024Progms Rpt
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1973 12:00AM