Noise Characteristics of Alternative Urban Transit Technologies

by Carl E. Hanson, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc, Lexington, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Noise and Vibration Measurement: Prediction and Mitigation


The noise characteristics of alternative transit technologies for an urban area are summarized. Among the transportation technologies considered are a busway system, light rail transit (LRT), rail rapid transit (RRT), intermediate capacity transit system (ICTS), and low-capacity transit system. Noise sources associated with operations of vehicles in each type of system are described and quantified for comparison among technologies.

Subject Headings: Noise pollution | Urban areas | Transportation management | Rapid transit systems | Urban development | Light (artificial) | Buses | Comparative studies

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