Safety Aspects of Detroit DPM Station Designs

by Ronald H. Jacob, S/SA Consultants Inc, Atlanta, GA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Detroit Downtown People Mover (DDPM), currently under construction in the Central Business District of downtown Detroit, offered a unique set of challenges to the architects and engineers designing the system. Of the thirteen stations, seven must be integrated into existing buildings having various other purposes. Six others will be free-standing. Significant tradeoffs were made in station designs and design concepts. In reaching a final design configuration, approvable from a safety point of view for carrying passengers in a public conveyance, the design team dealt with fire and other safety officials to resolve safety code issues, negotiate agreements on code equivalence, and secure building permits.

Subject Headings: Fire resistance | Safety | Rail transportation | Conceptual design | Railroad stations | Structural safety | Occupational safety | Transportation safety | Detroit | Michigan | United States

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