Planning for Detroit Downtown People Mover

by David J. McDonald, Downtown People Mover Project Mgr.; Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority, Detroit, Mich.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 6, Pg. 597-606

Document Type: Journal Paper


Planning and preliminary engineering has been completed for automated mass transit system to be deployed in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Performance specifications and design criteria were developed for all system elements including vehicles, controls, guideway, stations, maintenance facility, and electric power. System requirements were defined including patronage, operating and failure management strategies, accommodations for the elderly and handicapped, and safety and security provisions. An Environmental impact analysis and other supporting studies were performed and documented. The costs of deploying operating, and maintaining the system were estimated. It is concluded that deployment of the system will contribute significantly to the redevelopment of downtown Detroit.

Subject Headings: Automated transit systems | Business districts | People movers | Power plants | Electric power | Systems engineering | Building design | Electrical systems | Detroit | Michigan | United States

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