Downtown APM circulator: A potential stimulator for economic development in Newark, New Jersey

Liu Rongfang, Lau Choikwan

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Abstract

After several decades of decay and decline, the central cities in America have finally caught the attention of governments, the private sector, and ordinary citizens. There' are numerous programs that entice businesses to relocate or stay in these areas. The programs also aim to improve the occupational and academic skills of local residents, encourage the creation and retention of new jobs, and encourage entrepreneurship and the formation of new businesses. However, congest on and parking problems continue to impede the progress of such downtown revitalization and economic improvement efforts. This manuscript documents a feasibility study of an Automatic People Mover (APM) application for the City of Newark in New Jersey. The objective of this feasibility study is to evaluate the applicability of the APM technology for increasing mobility, efficiency, and accessibility, and ultimately for enhancing transit service quality. The potential benefit of replacing the current LOOP, a small bus circulation system in downtown Newark, with APM technology, will not only reduce passenger walking, waiting, and overall travel time, but will also provide an anchor for downtown business development, which in turn will have great potential to stimulate economic development in the city of Newark and surrounding areas. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Transportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008, TDIBP 2008
PagesX308-313
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 19 2008
Event1st International Symposium on Transportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008, TDIBP 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: Apr 24 2008Apr 26 2008

Publication series

NameTransportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Transportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008, TDIBP 2008
Volume319

Other

Other1st International Symposium on Transportation and Development Innovative Best Practices 2008, TDIBP 2008
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period4/24/084/26/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Transportation

Keywords

  • Activity center
  • Automatic people mover
  • Downtown circulation
  • Downtown revitalization
  • Driverless transit
  • Economic development stimulator

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