TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

The Northeast Corridor Mobility Study will be used to evaluate a number of potential transportation solutions for the corridor. Those solutions will likely take form through a combination of roadway improvements and new or improved transit options. The following matrix provides an overview of transit technologies that are used around the world. Which do you think would be appropriate for the Northeast Corridor?

Example Locations
Typical Station Spacing

Conventional Bus
Transit services using a system of buses on existing road rights of way according to a fixed schedule.


Express Bus
Fixed-route bus service with limited stops usually targeted to commuters between CBDs and suburbs.

Local: 1-2 blocks
Express: 1+ miles

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Transit services using buses to perform premium services on existing roadways or dedicated rights of way. BRT combines the flexibility of buses with the frequency and travel time advantages of rail transit.

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1/2 mile to several miles
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
Lightweight passenger vehicle with an overhead power supply that can operate in mixed traffic and wide-ranging alignment configurations
1/2 mile to 1 mile
Commuter Rail
Electric or diesel train consisting of local short distance travel between a central city and its suburbs
2 miles to 5 miles serves regional travel

Magnetic Levitation (Maglev)
A high-speed rail technology where the train is suspended on a magnetic cushion above a magnetized track and so travels free of friction.

Under development: Atlanta-Chattanooga, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Baltimore-Washington, D.C.

China,
Germany,
Japan

CBD:>1 mile
Periphery: 1mile to 3 miles Intercity: several miles

Heavy Rail Transit
Steel wheeled/electric powered vehicles with multi-cars operating on a fully grade separated right of way
CBD:>1 mile
Periphery: 1mile to 3 miles
High Speed Rail
Applies rail technologies on specifically designed tracks for high speed operation on longer distance travel at an interregional level.
Northeast US (Amtrak), Europe,
Asia
Chain of stops in cities across states
Monorail
Electrical railway with a car or a train of cars suspended from or straddles a fixed guideway by a single beam or rail. Can be operated either manually or totally automated
1/3 mile to 1 mile
Automated Guideway Transit (AGT)
System of guided transit vehicles operating single or multi-car trains that are fully automated and travel on a grade separated rail network. Commonly used around downtowns and airports.
Detroit,
Miami,
Newark
1/4 mile to 1 mile
Personal Rapid Transit
Small, low speed system designed to provide personalized service with driverless vehicles that operate on demand.
Closely spaced stations in dense area
Water Taxi
A fixed-route service across a body of water using a ferryboat or small watercraft that provides service between several points or docks located along the waterfront.
Chicago,
Ft. Lauderdale, New York
Varies