Iterative Design and Evaluation of APM Alternatives

by Darwin G. Stuart, Barton-Aschman Associates Inc, Evanston, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper addresses the wide range of cost, performance, and impact criteria which are important in the assessment of automated people-movers in major activity centers. Utilizing a detailed evaluation of APM and conventional mode alternatives conducted for the Indianapolis Central Business District as a case study, the use of up to 40 different specific criteria for both the design and evaluation of alternatives is examined. The case study proceeded through a series of three different levels of alternatives analysis for the Indianapolis Regional Center, where at each level both the number of criteria and the analysis precision associated with them were successively increased. Impact analysis results from one level were then used to redesign and improve alternatives at the next level.

Subject Headings: Transportation studies | Rail transportation | Case studies | Business districts | Buses | Automation | People movers | Transportation management | Indiana | United States

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