Technical Reports

SOAC, State-of-the-Art Car Transit Property Engineering Tests, Final Test Report: Volume III - Data Report - MBTA, CTS, CTA, SEPTA, PATCO

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1975
AUTHOR: Ray Oren
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: UMTA-MA
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Rail-Transit Vehicle Testing, Rail-Transit Property Tests, Rail-Transit Route Analysis
ABSTRACT: This three-volume report presents the technical methodology, data samples, and results of tests conducted on the SOAC on six transit-authority properties, namely the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation Authority (MBTA), Cleveland Transit System (CTS), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), and the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO). These tests were conducted during the course of the SOAC Operation and Demonstration Program which occurred between April 1974 and April 1975. The UMTA-sponsored Urban Rail Supporting Technology Program, for which TSC is Systems Manager, emphasizes three major development task areas: facilities, technology, and test programs. Test-program development comprises three subareas: vehicle testing, ways and structures testing, and track-geometry measurement. The objective of the SOAC program is to demonstrate the current state of the art in rail-rapid-transit vehicle technology, with passenger convenience and operating efficiency as primary goals. The initial phase of the SOAC Engineering Test Program provided a set of SOAC engineering data and provided some advancement to the methodology for providing transit-vehicle comparisons. The objective of this phase of the Test Program was to compare tests at the TTC with operations on the SOAC Demonstration Program Transit Authorities. This objective is met by the presentation of the test data and results in this report. Volume I contains a program description and summaries of the test sites and data results. Volume II contains the test data report for the NYCTA tests. Volume III contains the test data reports for the tests at MBTA, CTS, CTA, SEPTA, and PATCO.
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