The New U.S. Senate Subway System

by Julius Watzich, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Chantilly, United States,
J. Raymond Carroll, Lea&Elliott, Inc, Chantilly, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV


It was recognized in 1909, when the first Senate Subway System was installed, that a rapid means of securely transporting Senators from their remote offices to the Capitol Building was necessary because the response time to a floor debate or a roll call vote is critical when the Senate is in session. The current subway system has become obsolete because it no longer can provide timely, reliable service and because repair parts necessary for maintenance are unavailable from industry. Thus, a new subway is being procured to replace the current obsolete system that connects the United States Capitol with two of the three Senate Office Buildings. The selected system is discussed and the characteristics, features, nature of procurement, and the requirement for continuously acceptable service of the new system is described. The challenges to implementation are presented - the major one being the requirement that the new system be installed while `business as usual' is transpiring in Congress.

Subject Headings: Subways | System analysis | Maintenance and operation | Legislation | Government buildings | Federal government | Automated people movers | United States

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