Design and Construction of Guideway: Vancouver Advanced Light Rapid Transit

by Donald L. Mills, Acres Consulting Services, Transportation Projects, Vancouver, BC, Can,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Vancouver Advanced Light Rapid Transit (ALRT), system consists of linear induction motor driven, light-weight cars automatically controlled operating over a 21. 4 km system from downtown Vancouver to downtown New Westminster. The beam design concept was developed in concrete with the requirement to use direct track fixation without a second pour. The beam deck must precisely follow the track alignment and the cross section must be standardized to allow mass production in a precast yard. The adopted section is a trapezoidal box beam, carrying a single track, made from precast girders post tensioned in two and three span continuous structures. A Quality Assurance and Quality Control program was instituted for the project.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Box beams | Continuous structures | Construction management | Guideways | People movers | Rapid transit systems | Business districts | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

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