Feasibility Assessment, Planning and Programming of Downtown People Mover Installations

by Robert J. Dietz, Gannett Fleming Transportation, Engineers Inc, Harrisburg, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Based on the author's personal experience, this paper sets forth suggested guidelines for progressing from initial feasibility studies through implementation of automated people movers in an urban environment. It evaluates the successes and failures of earlier studies, discusses the lessons learned from those studies and suggests specific steps for future efforts. For Miami and Detroit, which have proceeded to construction, the paper assesses the various program assumptions and actual experience during final design and construction. Where possible, specific recommendations for future installations are suggested.

Subject Headings: Feasibility studies | Automated people movers | Urban and regional development | Rail transportation | Construction management | Computer programming | Urban areas | United States | Miami | Florida | Detroit | Michigan

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