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Project ID: 11991
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: Netherlands

Automated people mover

An Automated People Mover (APM) is an automated electric vehicle without driver that moves on a dedicated infrastructure. The general idea behind the APM is that it offers a high frequency connection from one place to another. When the APM connects for instance a Public Transport station to a busy city area it is supposed to stimulate people to use the Public Transport.

The ParkShuttle started in 1997 as a first trial with an APM in Rotterdam connecting the subway station and P&R site Kralingse Zoom to the business park Rivium in Capelle aan den Ijssel.

The user acceptance was good but the most important disadvantages were the low technical quality of the shuttles, their low speed, the long waiting times due to the single track and in the end insufficient capacity due to the growth of Rivium. The experiment was finished at the end of 2001 and it was decided to establish a full scale and improved APM project at this location within CIVITAS.

The idea behind this measure is to promote the use of Public Transport and to improve the accessibility of Public Transport by integrating Automated People Movers in a business district and future residential area. Therefore it was planned to replace the Rivium singletrack infrastructure by a double track infrastructure.

Also it was planned to extend the infrastructure by one kilometre and to have 5 instead of 2 stops. Furthermore it was planned to implement a travel information system, camera monitoring system and smart vehicle dispatching software in order to improve overall service to passengers. The existing three shuttles with a capacity of 12 persons each, were to be replaced by six 20-person shuttles.

Furthermore it was aimed to integrate an APM in the planning of the redevelopment and building of a medical and university complex at Hoboken.

The Automated People Mover at the Rivium location will connect the business and future residential area with the Public Transport station. Therefore this projects fits the local policy to support projects that contribute to a modal shift from private cars to public transport.

The start of the Automated People Mover at the Rivium location was on December 1th 2005. Officialy opened by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Contact

Onno PRUIS, (Manager)
Tel.: +31-70-3301033
Fax: +31-70-3301030
E-mail
Record Number: 43392 / Last updated on: 2006-11-28
Information source: e-TIP
Collaboration sought: Joint venture agreement
Stage of development: Prototype/demonstrator available for testing