Downtown People Mover System Security: Detroit and Miami Responses

by Harley L. Moore, III,
Wade A. Scott,
Harry Lindell,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Detroit and Miami downtown people mover (DPM) systems will be in uncontrolled environments in major urban central business districts. Both plan not to have personnel on vehicles or in stations to provide security and other services. Thus, the inherent design of these two systems must enhance security. This paper discusses the security aspects of these two DPMs. It compares security guidelines, facility designs, and non-design responses. It also addresses organizational responses for security planning and potential remaining security problems. This information can give organizations contemplating automated guideway transit systems an idea of security issues and potential solutions. It also establishes a background for an assessment of the effectiveness of these security plans and designs.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Automated people movers | Structural safety | Building design | Automated transit systems | Organizations | Rail transportation | Systems engineering | United States | Detroit | Michigan | Miami | Florida

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