Comparative Analysis of Different Systems for a New Rail Line in Copenhagen, Denmark

by Jan Kragerup, RH&H Consult, Virum, Denmark,
Morten Sondergaard, RH&H Consult, Virum, Denmark,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV


A new Mass Transit System is to be built in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Copenhagen Public Bus Company, HT, and the Danish State Railways, DSB, have each carried out feasibility studies. Conventional light rail (LRT), automated people mover (APM) and guided buses have been investigated. This paper summarizes the findings of the two investigations. The new line has a length of some 21 kms out of which about 4 kms are in bored tunnel. Passenger volume forecasts predict about 30-40 million passengers per year. The system requiring the smallest public subsidy is guided buses. However, this system attracts the fewest passengers and it is at the limit of ultimate capacity. Apparently conventional LRT and APM require approximately the same public subsidy. Therefore, an APM-system might be an attractive alternative to LRT, since it attracts most passengers and supplies a better service.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Light rail transit | System analysis | Passengers | Automated people movers | Public transportation | Urban and regional development | Denmark | Europe

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