• Short Summary

    The United States has developed a new, fully computerised public transportation system which commuters can operate as easily as an automated lift.

  • Description

    The United States has developed a new, fully computerised public transportation system which commuters can operate as easily as an automated lift.

    The project has been under construction at the U.S. Department of Transportation research centre at Morgantown, West Virginia.

    The system uses 21-passenger vehicles which run on rubber tyres. Resembling mini-busses, the vehicles move along guide ways, and are electrically powered through the use of a third rail.

    Boarding passengers simply press a button for their destination. After that, the system's computer takes over, moving commuters at a speed of 30 miles per hour (48 kilometres per hour).

    The first part of the system -- developed at a cost of five million dollars (two million pounds Sterling) -- is scheduled to be in operation late next year. It will operate on a three-mile (4.8 kilometre) route between Morgantown and the University of West Virginia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8R9C8H53Z51ESB13NPAEN1ZQD
    Media URN:
    VLVA8R9C8H53Z51ESB13NPAEN1ZQD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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