In 2003, the Transport Research Board held its 9th National Light Rail Transit Conference in Portland. Among the papers pressented then was discussion of how light rail system designers can plan at the start for innovative operational practices to expedite train movements. The article, "Designing New Light Rail: Taking Engineering Beyond Vanilla," has been added to the Research Center's best practices database.
Glossary of Terms
List of Abbreviations
1. Classification of Transit Systems
1.1 Definition and Characteristics of Transit Modes
1.2 Street Transit, Semirapid Transit and Rapid Transit
2. Bus Transit System
2.1 Bus Vehicles
2.2 Bus Travel Ways
2.3 Bus Stops and Stations
2.4 Express Bus
2.5 Bus Semirapid Transit
3. Trolleybus System
4. Rail Transit Systems
4.1 Characteristics of Rail Transit Modes
4.2 Rail Transit Vehicles
4.3 Track and Rights-of-Way
5. Tramway/Streetcar and Light Rail Transit - LRT
6. Rapid Transit or Metro
7. Automated Guided Transit Systems
8. Regional and Commuter Rail
9. Special Technology Transit Systems
10. Transit Line Scheduling
11. Transit Planning and Selection of Transit Modes
12. Present and Future Role of Urban Transit
As light rail transit (LRT) systems mature and expand, outlying passengers are faced with increasingly longer trip times to reach the urban core. Providing service to these customers by conventional means can be disproportionately expensive for the transit carrier in terms of operating and capital expense. Innovative operational practices to expedite train movements, however, are often confounded by current LRT design and deployment methods. This is partly attributable to design methods that follow a “stovepipe” approach to individual engineering disciplines and components, rather than directing focus on optimizing railway functionality and flexibility as a comprehensive entity. It is also attributable, in part, to a failure to address the ultimate potential of a railway at the definition/developmental stage and to subsequently articulate and document the operational requirements that are necessary to support the stated mission.
Help is on the way for socially awkward engineering students. The Gemini Project, a new program in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering, is teaching social and professional networking skills to students who may struggle in those areas, specifically targeting engineering students... Read On
The material contained in the following chapters provides a uniform basis for project design of light rail transit (LRT) systems. These criteria serve as guidelines and do not substitute for engineering judgment and sound engineering practice. Exceptions may apply in special cases. Applications for exceptions to the criteria, deviation from the criteria, changes to the criteria, additions to the criteria, and other questions should be submitted in writing to the UTA Light Rail Transit Project Director and must be approved in writing before the modification is implemented. The basic goal of the project is to provide an improved public transportation system in a cost-effective, environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner. Design of project elements will be based on a “design to cost” philosophy.
The Journal of Transport and Land Use is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing original interdisciplinary papers on the interaction of transport and land use. Domains include: engineering, planning, modeling, behavior, economics, geography, regional science, sociology, architecture and design, network science, and complex systems.....
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation is currently conducting a global survey of usability problems on public transit buses.
The survey is open until April 1, 2011.
The study investigates getting on and off public buses, circulating inside of buses, understanding the communication and information systems of public buses, as well as issues concerning rider safety. The information collected from this study should help identify the aspects of using public buses that merit further detailed experimental research in controlled settings. The survey targets a broad demographic including manufacturers, designers, engineers, researchers and riders (of all abilities). Not only are we interested in learning about the problems faced on public buses, but also in acquiring feedback on participants’ (1) “best practice” experiences with public transportation in cities they have visited and (2) what they envision for the bus of the future.
Plans for a new rail line along the Cotton Belt Corridor have caused a difference of opinion between Plano and Richardson about the final planned stop of the rail. Alan Upchurch, director of public works and engineering in Plano, said DART has begun preliminary engineering and the ultimate decision rests with the organization... Read On
The U.S. National Science Foundation has released its annual "Science and Engineering Indicators" report. Among other things, the report tracks the population of "geeks" (defined by the NSF as "any worker with a bachelor's level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training") in cities across America... Read On
Livability and sustainability have been identified as top priorities by three government agencies: the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In this inter-agency coordinated effort, transit systems are recognized as a bridge between urban and transportation development that plays a key role toward achieving the goal of livability and sustainability...