1974-02-01

The Transurban System 740144

The design of new urban transportation systems must take many factors into consideration, including passenger comfort and safety, reliability and cost of service, economy of operation and installation, integration with existing modes of transportation, varying capacity requirements during peak and off-peak hours, need for low exhaust and noise pollution, and compatibility with a city's character. This paper describes one system which tries to meet these requirements, the Transurban system developed by Krauss-Maffei. Use of 12-passenger vehicles enables the make up of varying train lengths to meet fluctuating demand up to about 15,000 passengers/h. The vehicles are elevated and powered by electromagnets controlled by an electronic system and propelled by linear induction motors. The system is presently undergoing test and will be installed at the Canadian National Exposition by the end of 1974.

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