Satellite Transit at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

by Ralph Mason, Marketing Manager; Transp. Systems, Bendix Aerospace Systems Div., Ann Arbor, MI; formerly, Proj. Mgr., Transp. Div., Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 953-968

Document Type: Journal Paper


If transportation within airports is to keep pace with the revolution in travel habits that has occurred over the past few years, systems of automated horizontal movement are clearly required to complement the escalator and elevator. Such a system at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will soon afford the public (and airline and airport personnel) a fast, convenient, safe, and reliable means of horizontal transportation. Through the imaginative application of such systems, the problems of passenger travel mode interchange can be solved in new and expanding airports. However, it is essential that the transit system be integrated into the overall airport design at an early planning stage. Only then can the airport design logically include and take advantage of the functions offered by an automated transit system.

Subject Headings: Automated transit systems | Satellites | Airports and airfields | Elevators | Transportation safety | System reliability | Passengers | Travel modes

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