July 27, 2002 SolarQuest® iNet News Service
The ATRA definition of suitable transit is excellent.I wonder if anybody in any government or transit authority has ever heard of it.
Wouldn't it be nice if somebody or some authority requested tenders for a transit system, and stated that it would be assessed on its ability to meet most of the following characteristics:
1. Fully automated vehicles operating without drivers.
2. Vehicles captive to a reserved guideway.
3. Small vehicles available for exclusive use by an individual or small group.
4. Small guideways that can be located on or above ground, or underground.
5. Vehicles able to use all guideways and stations as a fully coupled network.
6. Direct origin to destination service, with no intervening stops or transfers
7. Service on demand rather than fixed schedules, 24 hours daily. as well as assessment of cost, capacity, speed, etc.
Shouldn't the activity in Cardiff, and the record of the Morgantown system, be enough to satisfy the "proven and existing technology" clause? Can anybody think of any way to get people interested in these objectives, orhow to get this definition seen by the people who can do something about it?
Compare these criteria with those of the Santa Cruz City Master Transit Study, a report of which will appear here in one week. How to get people interested? Talk to them.
Dave Walworth, CPRT-U