American Society of Civil Engineers


The Aerometro Suspended Rail System


by John E. Hirten, (Kellogg Corp, Sacramento, CA, USA)

pp. 487-500

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers
Abstract: The unique flexibility of the Aerometro Suspended Rail System offers an excellent opportunity for addressing urban transit needs. It is capable of prefabrication off-site, relatively simple and quick to construct, has rapid speed with high capacity, is able to overcome obstacles and is relatively inexpensive. Its versatile track can be rigid and unobstructive in cities, or flexible with large spans for overcoming obstacles and requires minimum structures. It is sophisticated but uncomplicated ’state-of-the-art’, with minimum operational and maintenance problems. It is likened to a suspended street car, with all of its advantages and none of its disadvantages.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Urban areas
Rail transportation
Construction costs
Suspension

Author Keywords:
RAILROAD TRANSPORTATION
RAILROAD PLANT AND STRUCTURES - Track - URBAN PLANNING - Transportation
AEROMETRO - CAPACITY AND COSTS - FLEXIBLE TRACK - PREFABRICATION - RIGID TRACK - SUSPENDED RAIL SYSTEM