Design Criteria Impacts on Guideway Development

by Charles W. Dolan, ABAM Engineers Inc, Federal Way, WA, USA,
Donald D. Magura, ABAM Engineers Inc, Federal Way, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


A highly definitive design criteria or performance specification is frequently developed for new transit systems. The criteria are intended to protect the owner's interest by identifying and addressing the myriad of potential activities which must be considered during the planning, design, and construction of a transit system. Decisions made during the course of balancing portions of these design criteria, however, may obviate much of the desired protection. This paper examines specific and general areas where design criteria have had an important impact on both design activity and guideway costs. It begins with the issue of code selection and proceeds to look at a variety of criteria details, concluding with those small details that create many cost conflicts.

Subject Headings: Guideways | Rail transportation | Structural design | Systems engineering | Buses | Standards and codes

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