Fundamentals of Personal Rapid Transit

by J. Edward Anderson, Boston Univ, Boston, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV

Abstract: Advances in technology now make possible the realization of a dream many planners have had of a new form of urban transportation that can reverse the trend of ever increasing congestion and pollution that has led to the strangulation of cities all over the world. Achievement of this goal requires the rigorous application of a solid body of transit systems theory, analysis of dozens of trade-off issues, and the careful synthesis of the work of hundreds of inventors, engineers and planners. The paper provides an historical introduction, a statement of the design philosophy required to achieve a genuine breakthrough, a summary of the economic derivation of the new system, a discussion of planning issues, and some implications.

Subject Headings: System analysis | Rapid transit systems | Traffic congestion | Pollution | Urban areas | Solid mechanics

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