Design and analysis of advanced transit systems using interactive computer animation

Alan L. Erera, Alain L. Kornhauser

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The Princeton Intelligent Transit Visualization System (PITVS) is described. The PITVS is software designed to provide transit planners, engineers, and the general public with an interactive three-dimensional transportation system design and analysis tool. The software provides the functionality to (a) build transit networks, positioning guideway, intersections, and stations while specifying guideway cross-section characteristics and station demand characteristics using a graphical user interface: (b) view these networks in a three-dimensional representation of the planning area with fully interactive user control over viewing positions: and (c) view randomly generated simulated operations on a transit network design based on demand characteristics and a system operations strategy. Both the methods of and the motivations behind the PITVS are explained, and the positive enhancement that interactive three-dimensional graphics will give to the transit systems design process is affirmed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Research Record
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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