Flexpress: A Flexible High-Speed Intercity Transit Service

Andisheh Ranjbari, Yi-Chang Chiu, Mark Hickman

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Intercity travel has been on the rise in the last few decades, resulting in severe congestion on intercity freeway corridors. Existing modes such as air, rail, and bus services have respective limitations and have not been effective in alleviating the present and future intercity travel challenges. "Flexpress" is a flexible and high-speed intercity transit service that is conceived and designed to accomplish three major operating characteristics: high speed, high capacity and high accessibility. It is a 20-passenger tire-based electric vehicle that is equipped with CACC (cooperative adaptive cruise control) technology to virtually chain up with vehicles of the same type, forming a self-driving high-speed platoon on a dedicated guideway. Upon reaching an urban area, this platoon breaks up into individual vehicles driven by human drivers, and each vehicle heads to a different terminal, bringing passengers closer to their final destinations. This paper presents the concept and service design of Flexpress as well as some preliminary findings from a demand analysis that in addition to provide individual preferences, help investigate the overall potential market in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity - Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Transportation and Development
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages513-524
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479926
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity - Houston, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity
CountryUnited States
CityHouston
Period6/26/166/29/16

Keywords

  • Autopilot driving
  • Cooperative adaptive cruise control technology.
  • High accessibility
  • High capacity
  • High speed
  • Intercity travel
  • Public transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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    Ranjbari, A., Chiu, Y-C., & Hickman, M. (2016). Flexpress: A Flexible High-Speed Intercity Transit Service. In International Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity - Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Transportation and Development (pp. 513-524). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479926.047