Technical Reports

Service Analysis of Tube Vehicle Systems

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1969
SUBJECT: Railroad System Oversight
KEYWORDS: Tube Vehicle Systems, Northeast Corridor, Transportation
ABSTRACT: This report describes an analysis of the service characteristics, cost and performance of Tube Vehicle Systems operating within the Northeast Corridor of the United States in the 1975 to 1985 time frame. The basis of this study is the TRANSOP computer program which, as described herein, searches for optimal service policies for high speed ground transportation modes in competition with automobile, .bus, conventional air and new technology air modes. Included in the report is a description of the TVS model used in the program, the mathematical basis for the optimization, and the results of the applications of the program to the TVS service design. The results indicate that, with the assumptions and approximations employed in the model, the improved travel opportunities attendant with the introduction of the TVS technology in the Northeast Corridor do not provide sufficient revenue to cover the costs of implementing TVS.