THE AUTOMATIC HIGHWAY

IN PLANNING FOR MASS TRANSIT IN THE URBAN-SUBURBAN WORKPLACE-RESIDENCE ENVIRONMENT OF THE FUTURE, IT SEEMS APPARENT THAT MEANS MUST BE DEVELOPED WHICH WILL PROVIDE INCORPORATION OF THE PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE INTO THE SYSTEM. THE OVERALL CONCEPT IS THAT OF A CONTROL SYSTEM INTEGRATED WITH A REASONABLY PRICED RIGHT OF WAY. INDIVIDUAL VEHICLES ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE SYSTEM AT PREDETERMINED POINTS, COMPLETELY CONTROLLED BY THE SYSTEM UNTIL ARRIVAL AT A PRESELECTED DESTINATION, AND RETURNED TO LOCAL CONTROL UPON DEPARTURE FROM THE SYSTEM RIGHT OF WAY. CERTAIN FEATURES OF VEHICLE DESIGN WILL HAVE TO BE STANDARIZED AND THEIR QUALITY, BOTH IN MANUFACTURE AND MAINTENANCE, CLOSELY CONTROLLED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE REQUIRED OPERATIONAL CONTROL WITHIN THE MASS-TRANSIT SYSTEM. CONTROL OF THOSE VEHICLE FEATURES WHICH CONSTITUTE THE INTERFACE BETWEEN VEHICLE AND MASS-TRANSIT ROADWAY SHOULD BE RETAINED AT THE HIGHEST GOVERNMENTAL LEVEL AFFECTED BY THE LOCATION AND OPERATION OF THE UHMT (URBAN HIGHWAY MASS-TRANSIT). WAYS OF LINKING THE CARS TO THE CONTROL SYSTEM OF THE HIGHWAY ARE PRESENTED. THE OPERATIONS (ENTRANCE TO HIGHWAY, REJECTION OF UNFIT CARS, SPACING AND SPEED ON HIGHWAY AND RETURN TO UNCONTROLLED AREAS) ARE DISCUSSED. THE SUGGESTION IS MADE THAT ONE TERMINAL OF THE EXIT RAMPS MIGHT LEAD TO AUTOMATED PARKING AREAS WHERE THE CAR COULD BE STORED FOR THE DAY AND FROM WHICH IT WOULD BE RETRIEVED (AUTOMATICALLY) AT NIGHT. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 90, No 7, PP 18-21
  • Authors:
    • Bierman, G R
    • Hain, J L
  • Publication Date: 1968-7

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  • Accession Number: 00203369
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  • Created Date: Nov 4 1994 12:00AM