APM System Performance and Guideway Design Parameters

by J. Thomas Sheakley, Systems Engineering Dep, Westinghouse Transportation Div, West Mifflin, PA, USA,
Gregory Walz, Systems Engineering Dep, Westinghouse Transportation Div, West Mifflin, PA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers

Abstract: Automated People Movers (APM) are a relatively new form of transportation system becoming popular over the last twenty to twenty-five years. They are characterized by fully automatic and unattended operation, short headways, and operational capabilities that exceed those of conventional transit systems. In defining overall APM system performance, the following factors are addressed: system alignment and configuration, system service parameters, vehicle performance parameters, and the passenger's perception of service rendered. The guideway parameters that affect system performance factors are discussed with typical values and criteria provided.

Subject Headings: Parameters (statistics) | Automated transit systems | People movers | Alignment | Vehicles | Guideways | Rail transportation | System analysis

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