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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Vuchic, Vukan R. Urban transit systems and technology / by Vukan Vuchic. p. cm. ISBN 5. This is the only current and in print book covering the full field of transit systems and technology. Beginning with a history of transit and its role in. Urban Transit - Systems and Technology (Vuchic) - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online. Urban systems.

The process of urbanization. It can therefore be said that transportation has had a major role in the determination of urban locations. Eric Bruun and Jeffrey Casello. The only way to achieve the speed. Impacts are the effects transit service has on its surroundings and the entire area it serves.

Volkmer collection Photo 1. In addition to diverting passengers. The problems of streetcar decline in the U. At its conference. Only a few of these recommendations. To improve operation in congested streets and avoid the investment required for track maintenance.

An extremely quiet vehicle with soft suspension. Vigrass tained some extremely progressive statements about the role and nature of public transportation see Section 1. During the s and early s. Its product. The old cars. This project. The conference gave Thomas Conway of the University of Pennsylvania the task to organize a project that would develop an entirely new streetcar design that would use state-of-the-art technology to achieve these goals. The conversion of streetcars to bus and trolleybus operations.

The change from rail to road transit modes in small cities and on lightly traveled lines in large cities was a logical consequence of the improved technology and economics of buses and trolleybuses. At that time production of surface rail transit vehicles in the United States ceased. Louis Car Company. But for numerous major transit systems with heavy passenger volumes.

About Later the orders accelerated. National City Lines purchased transit companies in many cities. The wide application of these cars and subsequent upgrading of tramway networks— through the provision of separate rights-of-way. As researched and reported in a congressional testimony by Snell Similar to the events in the U.

Cities often took over track rights-of-way for roadway widening. Another major force in this elimination of streetcars even where they offered superior services on exclusive rights-of-way Los Angeles. Transit operators were thus forced to adopt the lowest-cost mode in the short run. Great Britain. In several other European countries. While many French cities had never acquired modern rail vehicles.

To eliminate the often very popular streetcars. In Great Britain and France. Some Italian Breda cars of the late s. Following the lead by most German cities. European tramway technology was initially less developed than that in the United States. Their disadvantages—such as the facts that they were smaller. The virtual elimination of streetcars resulted in a massive loss of ridership and weakening of the image and role of transit in U. Separate tramway rights-of-way in many German.

As late as after World War II. Although fouraxle cars were produced between the two world wars in Germany. But public policies and governmental attitudes toward transportation in these countries did not provide adequate support for tramway modernization or for public transportation improvements in general.

Black gives extensive documentation of this destructive development. The mode lost its dominant position to other technologies mostly buses in many cities. In retrospect. LRT has acquired the central role of a high-quality. With this diversity. The appearance of jitneys in many cities around gave a further impetus to motorbus development in the United States.

At about the turn of the century. This engine. British engineers consolidated these improvements by giving their attention to the overall design of the bus chassis. Reliability was further improved later by the introduction of preventive maintenance procedures evolved during World War I.

Three years later came the most important event in the development of modern highway transportation: Carl Benz — Pneumatic tires. Regulation of jitney and bus transportation was gradually introduced during the s and s. Soon afterward. Far more important. Gottlieb Daimler — designed a lightweight high-speed motor in By the late s. Between and The introduction of motorbuses in Great Britain was facilitated by the Locomotives on Highways Act of Realizing that many applications.

These vehicles. A bus from that period is shown in Photo 1. But after numerous design changes over some four decades. As some of the jitney operators realized that the use of buses instead of small vehicles offered economic and operational advantages for their major lines of service. Rudolf Diesel — The new type of bus chassis had a low center of gravity and suspension designed for improved passenger comfort. Vehicle safety was increased by the adoption of four-wheel braking systems.

After The use of diesel propulsion for buses spread rapidly during. Its initial commercial development was in Germany and other European countries where fuel prices were especially high.

Many of the improvements in bus design introduced by European engineers were paralleled by the Fageol brothers. In the meantime. Paris major routes already served by streetcars. After a study showed that the useful life of buses was on average no more than 5 years compared with 20 to 30 years for rail vehicles.

Another innovation. Gas-electric propulsion. Further mechanical innovations in bus design appeared during the s.

The advantages of the Fageol Safety Coach Photo 1. Thus buses were introduced for services coordinated with streetcar lines rather than competing with them. Frank and William. The articulated buses developed in Europe since the s have found extensive use in many countries around the world. Following the massive conversions from streetcars and trolleybuses to buses during the — period. The increasing need for higher-quality transit services since has led to improvements in bus operations through various priority treatments and to their substitution by modern rail transit modes rapid transit and light rail.

Bus lanes and busways have been successful in some cases. Washington the s. Seating capacities common in had been 16 for singledeckers and 34 for double-deckers. Many bus improvements have been successful. The European manufacturers have also made substantial improvements in vehicle suspension.

With the conversions from streetcars to buses and trolleybuses described in the preceding section. Buses are presently used in nearly all cities in the world that have transit services. With separate busways. BRT generally requires a Trolleybuses11 In BRT systems have become a higher-quality mode than regular buses. The results were unsatisfactory.

Guided buses have also had only limited application. As a medium-capacity system. Current was collected by means of an eight-wheel troller. Except for a few isolated experiments. In the early s. Here Schiemann used a spring-loaded pole with a forked connection to trolleys underrunning a pair of wires. By this time electric tramway technology was well developed and tramways were being operated or under construction in most European cities.

In that year.

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Guy Motors developed for Wolverhampton England new model demonstrating that the trolleybus possessed characteristics which. Over the next few years trolleybus lines were opened in various parts of Europe: Trolleybuses were not used for large transit networks anywhere until after Innovations introduced in London during the s included chassisless monocoque construction body structure supports itself rather than lying on a chassis and skids lined with carbon inserts in place of trolley wheels.

At the end of the decade. London in particular. At the time of their greatest use. A few cities also operated articulated trolleybuses Photo 1. Italy 55 cities. Costs of trolleybuses increased faster than those of buses. This change resulted in the retention of the remaining lines and even their extension in some cases. Extensive trolleybus systems existed in Brazil.

Trolley pole control was automated. This conversion later accelerated. Increased attention given to the environmental aspects of transportation systems. Several factors caused the decline of trolleybuses. During the period of maximum efforts to accommodate the automobile.

The use of trolleybuses was also increasing in many other countries from the s until the mids. During the s. Because of their similarity with regular railway services. Taylor Three different modes providing such services emerged. Swiss and Chinese cities. DOT Rapid transit. As Lehner points out. It is known. Leading examples in this development are numerous Russian and other former Soviet cities particularly Moscow and St.

Suburban railways originated as local services on the main intercity railroad lines. Their networks have been retained and modernized in Swiss and many cities in eastern Europe. In addition to serving the middle-class suburbs that were being developed around existing villages and towns in the region. With growing populations and expansion of cities.

The national government also wanted to encourage the relocation of middle. Kellett By the mids. The early patrons of commuter railroads were relatively wealthy people who could afford the luxury of suburban living. Other European cities started operating suburban railways somewhat later: Hamburg in The period from to was one of stagnation for many suburban railways. The main problems operating agencies faced.

For this reason. Liverpool in An early suburban train is pictured in Photo 1. Washington ways during the same period. As a consequence. Berlin in Los Angeles. There are. By its character and function. Paris R. By connecting stub-end terminals. This mode consists of large. Munich SBahn. Examples of this type of system include London where ten terminals at the periphery of the central city are connected by the Underground Circle Line.

A typical interurban network connects a group of cities and towns at distances of 15 to 80 km 10 to 50 mi.

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Its main customers are usually commuters traveling into and out of city center. Its major distinctions from rapid transit are somewhat greater station spacings. Lines and rolling stock have been modernized. Rapid transit often provides the downtown connections between the suburban terminals and serves as the distributor for these lines.. The second type of urban railway service has been developed in cities that have lines passing through central areas.

When this type of network has several stations in the central area. These developments began in Europe e. Based on their character and function. The commencement of large-scale development of this mode. Since In some cases freight is carried on the same tracks.

Thus the trend is clearly away from the traditional commuteroriented suburban railways and toward multifunctional regional rail systems. Between that year and the outbreak of World War I. A number of cities have made great efforts to change the suburban-type networks into regional rail. San Diego. New York Grand Central Terminal.

Both have become electric regional transit lines in their respective metropolitan areas. Very soon after their rapid initial development. World War II caused a temporary return of riders. In New England. Some streetcar systems. The other is the South Shore Line in Chicago. They were so extensive that at one time it was possible to travel from New York to Boston by transferring among streetcars and interurbans and never paying more than 5 cents for a fare.

Only two lines have been retained permanently. Several other countries have retained interurban lines. The interurban terminal in Indianapolis was comparable in size to railroad stations in cities of similar size. But by far the most important reason for the demise of interurbans was the automobile: Flexibility of line layout from street running to fully separated rights-of-way and frequent service made possible by the use of single or paired vehicles.

The interurban networks in the last three states represented over one-third of the national network length. Reduced travel during the Great Depression speeded up closings. Volkmer collection connections with other transit services. In many cities. The best-known ones are in the Rhein-Ruhr region in Germany.

One is the Norristown Line in Philadelphia. The Glasgow line utilized cable traction until This was the Metropolitan Line. The steam locomotives employed on the line incorporated special devices designed to minimize smoke emission. Three additional elevated lines were built in New York during the s and s. They have.

It was known that construction expenses would be considerably greater for subways than for elevated rail lines. The railway tracks were carried approximately 15 ft above the level of the roadway on a structure supported by wroughtiron columns placed along the edges of the sidewalks. Local as well as through services were provided on these lines.

Howson In the same year a similar line opened in Glasgow. These railways carry millions of passengers per day in the suburban areas of Tokyo. Its 6-km 3. A rail line along the coast of Belgium is also an interurban. They have interurban functions. The private railways in Japan are by far the most extensive systems now providing interurban-type services. The high costs of construction. Photos 1. The outbreak of World War I. There was. European and Japanese cities had little capital available. Construction of rapid transit lines in several large cities on three continents during the — period shows that there was already a distinct need for a highspeed.

World War II caused a major interruption in rapid transit development: Only six cities opened new systems between and Rapid transit subway lines were built in several other American cities around the turn of the century. Part of the subway contained two streetcar tracks paralleling the rapid transit tracks. Previous electrically operated rapid transit lines such as the City and South London line and the Chicago line.

Following the war. At the beginning of this period of technological progress. The long series of inventions that subsequently took place created a number of different technological systems. These modes are capable of satisfying the needs of any urban area. The balance between auto and transit modes is usually determined more by the degree of street congestion than by rational regulatory and economic measures. This decision is in many cases neither well understood nor given adequate attention.

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The basic policy decision with respect to transportation is what roles the two basic modes—private automobile and public transit—should play in the city. The great impact that these developments have had on modern civilization is also evident: In light of this abundance of technologies.

The scale of this activity is evident from the fact that the number of cities in the world that have rapid transit quintupled increased from 20 to over during the period from to see Section 6. The report also stressed the need for integration of services into coordinated systems and for regulatory control by public bodies.

As Chapter 2 will show. Neglect of public transit is a major problem in many cities and countries despite many policy recommendations at the national level. England Brooklyn. France Bielatal. Germany Fontainebleau. Germany Germany Mannheim. Germany Montgomery. England Nantes. Alabama ca. San Francisco United States Late s ca. Stockholm and Toronto.

Implementation of these policy goals. In most large cities. Miami Geneva Bremen Lyon. Japan BART. Although the nature of contemporary urban transportation problems varies among different cities and countries. Singapore Western Europe. Washington Early s s Western Europe. With respect to the integration and regulation of transit services. Inadequate understand-. Since the s.

Today by far the best transit services are found in cities that have achieved full integration of all transit operators and improved coordination of transit. West Virginia Western Europe. Portland Oregon.. ISTEA of Pittsburgh Lille. They have by no means been exhausted: Shirley Highway.

Find data. Under what conditions was that change of modes logical. Compare the service characteristics that electric streetcars could offer with those available by previously available modes. Why did jitney services practically disappear from U. Describe the following developments: What were the main technological inventions that led to the development of operational trolleybuses?

Select two cities and analyze the probable reasons for their locations: Can transportation be traced as one of the major forces? Select a city you know well and research the beginnings of its public transportation. Capital Transport Publishing. Brian J. John R. Stephen B. New York: Fordham University Press. Discuss the reasons for the relatively rapid disappearance of interurbans in the United States. Getting There: Harvard University Press.

Recent Progress in Electric Railways. Frederick W. Ian Alan Ltd. Explain the major reasons for the accelerated construction of rapid transit systems since the mids. Moving the Masses. Stanford University Press. Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd. The Cable Car in America. University of Chicago Press. Charles W. A History of London Transport. The Electric Interurban Railways in America. Urban Mass Transportation Planning.

New York State Chamber of Commerce. The Golden Age of Tramways. Which developments contributed to the reversal. What impact did suburban railways have on cities prior to the introduction of mechanized transit? George W. Internal Combustion.

Johnston Co. A Century of Subways: Proceedings and Final Report. Transit Fact Book. Frederick H. Howell-North Books. Harold W. World Metro Systems. The Impact of Railways on Victorian Cities. A Century of Service: Presses Universitaires de France.

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Indiana University Press. Report I. The North American City. Charles J. John A. Transportation and the Urban Environment. The Guilford Press.

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A joint U. AppletonCentury Co. Tramways and Trolleys: The main characteristics.

Private transportation consists of privately owned vehicles operated by owners for their own use. Paratransit modes with routes and schedules that change with the requests of individual users are referred to as demand-responsive. Private auto is the most common mode. Public transport. The second section develops a conceptual model of an optimal evolution of transportation system features and modes as a human settlement grows from a village to a large metropolis.

For-hire urban passenger transportation. The most common representatives are bus. This hypothetical evolution of system components—such as different types of travel ways or rights-of-way. Contrary to the common belief that technology mostly determines modal characteristics.

Individual transport refers to systems in which each vehicle serves a separate party person or organized group. Technology of transit modes refers to the mechanical features of their vehicles and ways. Other types of support are vehicle body on water boats and hydrofoils. As Table 2. Transit may have preferential treatment. The most common types are rubber tire on concrete. A transit way or ROW is the travel way or strip of land on which the transit vehicles operate. Technologies with vehicles running on a ROW surface or guideway are supported.

In exceptional cases. Gasoline ICE dominates small highway vehicles. Its major components are: Externally guided rubber-tired vehicles in all forms must have additional wheels and surfaces for guidance.

The supported type is by far the most common. The most important control is for longitudinal spacing of.

An express bus line is a different mode than a shopper shuttle. Commuter transit is a supplement to an all-day. They may operate on any ROW category C. Regional rail and some express bus lines exemplify this category. With support. Semirapid transit consists of modes utilizing mostly ROW category B. This is the basic transit ser- vice. Thus buses and trolleybuses operating the same type of service on the same ROW are different modes because of their substantial technological and performance differences.

There are many different types of transit services. Such definitions are not precise enough to distinguish bus from trolleybus or light rail from rapid transit.

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They are usually radial from suburbs. Inclines and aerials are also included. This class includes a wide range of modes from those with B and C categories. Thus the generic classes correspond closely but not exactly to the ROW categories. Modes that are not in operation. Rapid transit modes operate exclusively on category A ROW and have high speed.

Semirapid transit modes are in category B. Technically speaking. Other technological and some service variations are given in individual matrix boxes. Another factor is technology: An analysis of the basic technological and operational features and their impact on characteristics of modes are presented in Section 2.

A brief review of characteristics. Most transit modes belong to one of the three generic classes. The last three do have exclusive ROW.

In addition to all street transit modes. Performance of these modes depends greatly on the degree and locations of ROW separations: Higher types of semirapid transit with little or no category C ROW can match or exceed the speed and reliability of auto travel. All existing rapid transit systems utilize guided technologies rail or rubber tire. The exceptions are such modes as moving sidewalks. Shops are facilities for vehicle maintenance and repair.

Operating speed Vo. Multimodal transfer stations are served by several modes. In transit systems. Locations and facilities at which vehicles stop to pick up and drop off passengers can be of several types. Terminals are end stations of major transit lines.

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Transit service is the system as seen by its actual and potential users. ITS is used mostly in the monitoring and control of TU operations. They produce transportation that is offered to potential users. Bus garages or depots and rail yards are buildings or areas for vehicle storage.

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Control systems include electric. A transit unit TU is a set of vehicles traveling together. Line capacity C. System performance refers to the entire set of performance elements. Transfer stations serve more than one line and provide for passenger interchange among them. Stations are usually facilities below. Stops are locations along streets with simple facilities signs.

Interface is another term for intermodal transfer station. Except for the vehicles. As a composite indicator incorporating one basic element affecting passengers speed and one affecting the operator capacity. LOS is a basic element in attracting potential users to the system. Level of service LOS is the overall measure of all service characteristics that affect users. ROW width. Bland Productive capacity Pc. Major factors comprising LOS can be divided into three groups: Performance elements that affect users.

The short trips among different buildings in this settlement can best be performed by walking. A conceptual analysis based on a model of an urban area of increasing population and size is therefore used here. Private Travel and Paratransit. Evaluation and comparative analysis of transit systems must include all four categories: This section presents a conceptual description of the evolution of modes.

These include investment. They may be positive or negative. Its limitations are low speed. The model. The analysis is divided into four growth periods. A thorough understanding of the features of modes and their places in the family of modes is needed for the formulation of a rational policy and sound urban transportation planning. This basic mode of travel is always available. Long-run impacts consist of changes in land values.

Impacts are the effects transit service has on its surroundings and the entire area it serves. European cities with similar transportation characteristics would have the three population boundaries at approximately Costs are usually divided into two major categories: Operating costs are costs incurred by regular operation of the system. Requirements for transportation change through this evolution from low volume. Starting from the very beginning. For general orientation.

Short-run impacts include reduced street congestion. A new mode of transportation is needed for the longer trips. The few dispersed trips would be best served by small motorized vehicles that individual persons own and use for. Step 1: Walking—Pedestrians As the settlement grows in size. In a small settlement. Two measures are most logical: These small motorized vehicles exist in the real world: Step 2: Use of individual private vehicles automobiles A further improvement in the transportation system would be to provide some kind of motorized travel for people who do not meet the foregoing two conditions.

Step 3: Introduction of vehicles as common carrier service taxis Individual transportation—as by bicycles. The effects of these changes on the unit cost of transportation—including investment. As the small settlement grows into a town. Persons who do not meet either one of these two conditions can travel only if someone else drives them.

The capacity of the transport system must be increased. The vehicles satisfy the transportation needs of small settlements extremely well: They also have limitations.

Bus Transit and Arterial Streets. Instead of serving a small number of persons by the irregular routing typical for small. Capacity increase through introduction of large vehicles can be achieved only with common carrier transit service. With the introduction of large-instead of small. Joint use of private cars carpooling can be organized only for the fraction of trips that are made at regular intervals between the same points.

For low passenger volumes. Cullen Total costs of each mode decrease with increasing passenger volume and reach an optimal range. When a higher-capacity system such as buses and cars on the same roads. As the volume increases. When a low-capacity system. The basic observations from this succession of developments are also valid in practice: Each one of these developments—the introduction of transit service and of large vehicles—has a number of consequences.

Large vehicles in the real world are transit buses. Increased street capacity: Higher-cost door-to-door service remains available from the small common carrier vehicles— taxis.

Fares are considerably lower. The common carriers with medium-capacity vehicles that adjust their services to passenger desires in various degrees correspond to paratransit modes.

Less congestion and its negative impacts. Simple and conveniently scheduled service is provided throughout the transit network. Lower service frequency for given demand. Lower cost per unit capacity. The next capacity-increasing measure is construction of wider roads or arterial streets. Transit Way Separation and Guided Technology. Further growth of the model town into a medium-sized city again leads to congestion and a lower LOS.

Greater riding comfort. Construction of higher-capacity roads brings: Guided technology is utilized in the real world in several forms.

As the large vehicles carry 5 to 50 times more persons than the small vehicles. High investment requirements. Step 5: Partial separation of modes transit ROW category B 2. Negative environmental impact of wide paths and large vehicle storage facilities.

Placement of transit on reserved ROW is its most important single improvement: Step 4: Introduction of common carrier service. Ridership therefore increases appreciably.

Lower unit transportation costs. Stimulus to economic growth result of the preceding two. Stronger system image and identity. He has consulted for over a dozen cities around the world and lectured at over seventy universities. Free Access. Summary PDF Request permissions. PDF Request permissions. Tools Get online access For authors. Email or Customer ID. Forgot password? Old Password. New Password. Your password has been changed.

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