PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The final phase of testing on the Westinghouse Transit Expressway has stated int Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The final phase of testing on the Westinghouse Transit Expressway has stated int Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To date, more than 50,000 passengers have ridden the experimental transit systems.
SYNOPSIS The five million dollar transit experiment has been operating under test conditions for eight months. Its three vehicles have logged over 12,000 miles.
The automatically controlled cars travel around the two-mile test loop, under the direction of a central computer.
The driverless cars attain speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. Rubber tires give the lightweight vehicles a smooth ride, and the electric motors are quiet as the cars pass overhead.
Already, representatives from nearly 80 U.S. cities have toured the test site.
More impressively, nearly every nation in the free world has sent a delegate to ride the system and evaluate its merits.
A version of the system has been ordered for the new Tampa, Florida, airport to take passengers to and from the terminal and aircraft boarding areas.
The new concept was pioneered by transportation engineers of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
The Transit Expressway is a mass transportation demonstration project sponsored by the Port Authority of Allegheny County with the financial assistance of the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Pennsylvania State Department of Commerce, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and other private participating companies.