Urban Transit Systems and Technology

ISBN-10: 047175823X

ISBN-13: 9780471758235

Edition: 2007

Authors: Vukan R. Vuchic

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"Probably the most important book for the industry since Peter White's Planning for Public Transportation, Professor Vuchic's contribution is valuable because in its pages it gives references to almost every basic hardware option likely to face the transport planner or entice the politician."-Bus and Coach"Contains between two covers for the first time most everything anybody would want to know about the history, evolution, technology, characteristics, and applications of transit systems." -APA Journal"Probably one of the most complete histories ever written on the development and growth of the various forms of urban transportation. It is a well-written, well-illustrated volume that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone seriously interested in mass transit."-National Railway Bulletin"Every engineer and planner of urban public transit facilities and systems needs [this] book." -ITE NewsA comprehensive modern guide to urban transportationThe founding, shaping, and growth of human communities throughout history have been products of complex interactions of many forces. One major force has always been transportation. Transportation has played a key role in determining the location of cities; their size; their form; and their structure. Today, the United States has a population of 300 million people driving 136 million cars and served by over 6,000 public transit agencies. With such daunting statistics, the challenge to the transportation professional is significant indeed.In Urban Transit: Systems and Technology, Vukan Vuchic has assembled the guide to urban transportation that the industry needs. Broad in scope and deeply researched, this book covers the entire field of transit in all its modes and aspects. Vuchic begins with an overview of the history of transit and its role in urban development, illuminating how transportation both responded to the needs of communities and, in turn, helped shape them.Defining relevant terms and concepts, the text then examines:Urban transit modes-highway, rail, automated, specialized, paratransit, and unconventional concepts-and the most efficient systems designs for eachSystem components, vehicles, travel ways, terminals, and control systemsVehicle propulsion (diesel, electric, and others), fully supported with equations and analytical methods for vehicle dynamic performance and travel timesBringing every aspect of urban transport between two covers, Urban Transit: Systems and Technology is a primary resource for professionals and students who are designing and operating these key components of urban infrastructure.
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List price: $155.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.970
Language: English

History and Role of Public Transportation in Urban Development
Early Development of Cities
Transportation and Locations of Cities
Transportation and City Size
Form and Structure of Cities
The Industrial Revolution, Urbanization, and the Growth of Cities
Beginnings of Public Transportation
Public Transportation before the Nineteenth Century
Horse-Drawn Omnibuses
Horse-Drawn Tramways
Mechanized Street Transit Technologies before 1880
Invention of Electric Streetcars /Tramways
Beginnings of Electric Streetcars in the United States
Introduction of Electric Tramways in Europe
Street Transit Development since 1900
Streetcars /Tramways
Development of High-Speed Rail Transit Modes
Suburban Railways/Regional Rail
Electric Interurban Railways
Rapid Transit /Metro
Overview and Conclusions: Transit Development and Cities
Urban Passenger Transport Modes
Transport System Definitions and Classification
Classification by Type of Usage
Transit Modes
Transit System Components
Transit System Operations, Service, and Characteristics
Theory of Urban Passenger Transport Modes
Evolution of a Transportation System in a Model Urban Area
Review of Modal Features
The Family of Transit Modes: Categories and Descriptions
Street Transit Modes
Medium-Capacity Modes: Semirapid Transit
High-Performance Modes: Rapid Transit
Specialized Transit Modes
Review of the Family of Regular Transit Modes
Commuter Transit
Trends in Transit Ridership and in Use of Different Modes
Urban Travel and Transit Ridership
Increasing Diversity of Transit Modes
Vehicle Motion and Performance
Vehicle Motion
Resistance to Motion
Vehicle Resistance
Alignment Resistance
Internal Combustion Engine Propulsion
Characteristic Diagram for ICEs
Speed-Tractive Effort Diagram: TE f(V)
Vehicle Motion Force as a Function of Speed
Electric Propulsion
Wayside Electric Power Supply and Its Distribution to Lines
Propulsion Motors and Their Control
Electronic Motor Control
AC Propulsion Motors and Their Electronic Control
Comparison of Motor Control Types
Other Propulsion Systems
Vehicle Acceleration Force
Comparison of Electric and Diesel Propulsions
Vehicle Acceleration, Braking, and Stopping Distances
Adhesion for Wheel Traction
Acceleration and Braking Forces and Distances
Station-to-Station Travel Analysis
Basic Variables of Vehicle Motion
Regimes of Motion
Travel Time Equations and Diagrams
Sensitivity of Travel Time and Speed to Individual Parameters
Energy Consumption and Efficiency
Structure of Energy Consumption Analysis
Influence of Operating Regimes
Potential Energy Savings through Preprogrammed Driving
Influence of Stop/Station Spacing
Measures of Energy Consumption
Transit System Performance: Capacity, Productivity, Efficiency, and Utilization
Definitions of Quantitative Performance Attributes
Basic Attributes
Transportation Work and Productivity
Transit System Efficiency and Productivity
Consumption and Utilization
Transit Line Capacity
Vehicle Capacity
Way Capacity
Basic Elements
Vehicle Control Categories in Transit Operation
Operating Safety Regimes
Impacts of Train Size and Control Characteristics
Application of Equations to Different Modes
Station Capacity
Significance and Definitions
Components and Influencing Factors
Capacity Diagrams and Equations
Measures to Increase Station Capacity
Theoretical and Practical Capacities of Major Transit Modes
Important Considerations in Capacity Computations
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