Analysis of Dual Mode Systems in an Urban Area : Volume 4A. Program Documentation of the Transportation Economic Analysis Model.
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Analysis of Dual Mode Systems in an Urban Area : Volume 4A. Program Documentation of the Transportation Economic Analysis Model.

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      AGR-IMPACTS-Economic and Community Development ; AGR-IMPACTS-Mobility ; NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Economic Impacts ; NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE ; NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Transit Economics and Finance ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Transit Economics and Finances ;
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      Various forms of Dual Mode Transportation were analyzed in order to assess the economic viability of the Dual Mode concept. A Dual Mode vehicle is one which operates under manual control on a streee network for some portionof its trip, and operates under automatic control on an exclusive uideway for some other portion. Specilly design new samll Dual Mode vehicles, modifications of existing automobiles, and pallet systems, all operating in conjunction with Dual Mode buses, wree examined. The study was conducted in a Boston 1990 scenario, in which an extensive Dual Mode system providin service for the entire urban region was presumed to exist. Ths study was not intenede to be a proposal for Dual Mode in Boston. The following conclusions are considered to be generally applicable to other large urban areas as well: (a) Dual Mode systems appear to be sufficiently attractive to warrant further technologicalo development; (b) for urban-wide applications, a Dual Mode system which includes both buses and personal vehicles is more effective than one consisting of either fleet or vehicles alone; (C) a Dual Mode transportation system benefits from the use of various Dual Mode concepts throughout its development.

      An effective first step might be to install a limited network Dual Mode minibus system, with capacity for ultimate growth to a loner guideway network with personal vehicles and buses.

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