Cable Propelled People-Movers—An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again

by Paul Wyss, VSL Corp, Transit Systems Div, Los, Gatos, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Cable-propelled transportation systems have been in use throughout the world for more than a century. Today, a completely automated cable-propelled transit system has been developed through the combination of 100-year old funicular technology and a modern electronic control system. This new system, called the VSL METRO-SHUTTLE 6000, provides a broad range of advantages, including low capital and operating costs, simplicity of operation, rapid construction time and a complete lack of air and noise pollution during operation. Two METRO-SHUTTLE systems have been in operation since 1983, and three more are currently under construction.

Subject Headings: Cables | People movers | Control systems | Air pollution | Noise pollution | Automated transit systems | Assets | Construction costs

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