Technical Reports

U. S. Transit Track Assessment and Research Needs

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1979
AUTHOR: E. G. Cunney, P. L. Boyd, J. A. Woods
REPORT NUMBER: UMTA-MA-06-0100-79-16
SUBJECT: Tracks & Structures
KEYWORDS: Track Design, Construction and Maintenance, Track Research
ABSTRACT: This report covers a study of transit track made as part of the current research effort of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The study was initiated to identify new technology and research tasks that may help increase the performance, reliability and safety of urban rapid transit systems, and to help ensure that track research provides maximum benefits to the transit industry. The report describes track conditions and current practices in track design, construction, maintenance and inspection; potential opportunities for improvements, favorable technology that is available but not commonly used in transit track systems; and research and support tasks to fill identified needs. The report also describes the evaluation of research and support tasks for relative importance, the analysis of their costs and benefits, and a recommended implementation plan for a track research program.
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