Technical Reports

WMATA Rapid Transit Vehicle Engineering Tests

  • 01
  • May
  • 1979
AUTHOR: K. J. Simmonds, F. H. Henderson
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: UMTA-MA-06-0025-79-14
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment, Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Rail Rapid Transit Vehicle, Noise, Power Consumption, Vehicle Dynamics
ABSTRACT: This report presents the results of a series of engineering tests carried out on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rapid transit cars from September 1976 to August 1977, at the Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Test Center (TTC), Pueblo, Colorado. The test program was sponsored by the Office of Rail and Construction Technology in the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), Office of Technology Development and Deployment, with the Transportation Systems Center (TSC) as program directors. TSC supported UMTA by providing systems management for the Urban Rail Supporting Technology (URST) Program in the design, construction, and operation of UMTA test facilities, the analysis and testing of vehicles and components, and the development of key technological data. TSC has been instrumental in preparing standardized test procedures for the evaluation of rail transit vehicles, using the Transportation Test Center's 9.1 mile Transit Test Track, with the objective of providing a common baseline for the comparative evaluation of rapid transit vehicles and vehicle systems. The test program reported herein was carried out by the Transportation Test Center to the guidelines of these test procedures. The test program data gave a comprehensive evaluation of the WMATA rapid transit car in the categories of Performance, Power Consumption, Spin/Slide Protection, Noise, Ride Roughness, Power System Interactions, and Simulated Revenue Service.

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