Downtown People Mover Operating and Maintenance Personnel Requirements

by Donald J. Ochsner, Lea, Elliott, McGean & Co, Arlington, TX, USA,
Harley L. Moore, Lea, Elliott, McGean & Co, Arlington, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Two major automated Downtown People Mover (DPM) projects, Miami and Detroit, are expected to be in operation within a year. These two DPM systems are similar in many respects: automation, size, purpose, and operations. Their staff sizes are also similar. There is a major difference in the staffing philosophies of these two systems. Miami will have a cadre of supplier supervisory and engineering staff that will direct the managerial and working staff of the Dade County Transportation Administration (DCTA). In Detroit, the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA) will have a management cadre monitoring the staff of the supplier. In comparing the O&M staffing of these two new, urban systems with those of other systems, it became evident that there are two staff-related categories. One class includes relatively simple systems, typically shuttle systems in activity centers. The other category includes all urban systems and most of the more complex airport systems.

Subject Headings: Automated people movers | Maintenance and operation | Business districts | Automated transit systems | Rapid transit systems | Rail transportation | Automation and robotics | Personnel management | United States | Michigan | Detroit | Miami | Florida

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