New Tram System in the Osaka South Port Areaby Hajime Takasaki, Osaka Municipal Transportation Bur, Osaka, Japan,
Abstract: The New Tram is a fully automated guideway transit system, first introduced in Japan as an urban transportation system by the Osaka Municipal Government. It has operated smoothly without accidents or major troubles for more than ten years. The total number of passengers to have used it will exceed 200 million by March 1993. This paper will firstly introduce the current situation and the future planning of Osaka City; in a second part, the New Tram itself will be explained; in a third part of the operational history and the technical improvements of the New Tram will be detailed; and in a fourth part the perspectives on the future evaluation of the New Tram will be presented.
Subject Headings: Light rail transit | Automated transit systems | Ports and harbors | Transportation management | Guideways | People movers | Urban areas | Local government | Japan | Asia
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