Planning, Implementation, and Operation of the Philadelphia-Lindenwold Line 750623
Through careful planning and implementation the Delaware River Port Authority has developed a highly successful mass transit system, the Philadelphia-Lindenwold Line. They have realized their goal of creating a rapid transit line which would win the patronage of potential passengers and be constructed and operated within the economic resources of the Authority.
The one to six car trains are operated by a one man train crew who is, in fact, part of the automated or computerized process. He notifies the computer as to the length of the train; opens and closes doors; determines the length in time of each stop; initiates acceleration; and can eliminate station stops. The computer prevailing determines train speed for each track section and right of way conditions; causes the train to decelerate at the optimum rate; and stops at the station with the center of the train at the center of the platform.
The Lindenwold Line has demonstrated that motorists will leave their cars if superior transportation is provided; quality transit service can reduce air and noise pollution and conserve energy; traffic congestion can be reduced; technology is now available to create desirable rapid transit service, and that rail rapid transit can be planned, constructed, and efficiently managed to meet operating and maintenance costs out of the fare box.