The Planning of an Automated Rapid Transit System in Vancouver

by Tom E. Parkinson, BC Transit, Rapid Transit Project, Vancouver, BC, Canasa,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


BC Transit is building a 13 mile (22 km) rapid transit line in Vancouver that incorporates Heavy Rapid Transit, Light Rapid Transit and Automated People Mover concepts. The bus sized lightweight vehicles use linear motors and steerable axles to reduce noise and wear. A German developed Automatic Train Control from SEL Canada will permit frequent, driverless operation. These technological developments and innovative elevated guideway and station designs were demonstrated in 1983 on a short section of 'prebuild'. The US650 million project is under budget and on schedule for a January 1986 start-up.

Subject Headings: Automated transit systems | Rapid transit systems | Transportation management | Case studies | Control systems | Buses | Linear functions | Noise pollution | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

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