The Rokko Island Line of the Kobe New Transit System

by Jiro Kajiwara, Kobe New Transit Co, Ltd, Kobe, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


Because Rokko Island was planned to be a mini-city with all the typical urban functions, it was essential to provide a means of transportation connecting it with the existing urban center and railway network. A subway line was considered but rejected because the expected traffic demand would not justify the investment required. The introduction of a bus route was also discussed but rejected because its capacity would be insufficient and it was difficult to secure a site for a terminal. It was therefore decided to introduce the New Transit System (Automated People Mover) that had already proven its value on Port Island. It has a transportation capacity midway between that of railway and bus, and is safe, reliable, pollution-free, economical, and comfortable to ride on. The New Transit Sysstem is a mode of public transport that runs on its own elevated guideway built mostly over existing streets. Its purpose is to alleviate traffic congestion on the stressts arising from increased road traffic and to solve such traffic-caused environmental problems as air pollution, noise and vibration.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Islands | Public transportation | Transportation management | Urban and regional development | Automated transit systems | Traffic congestion | Automated people movers

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