Peoplemovers look to the millenium

first_imgBYLINE: Lawrence J Fabian *BYLINE: * Lawrence J Fabian is Director of Trans21, PO Box 249, Fields Corner Station Boston Massachusetts 02122, USA.Tel: +1 617 825 2318Fax: +1 617 482 7417e-mail: LFabian@ compuserve.comPROSPECTS of an exciting future for automated peoplemovers emerged at the American Society of Civil Engineers’s 6th international APM conference in Las Vegas during April.Maintaining urban rail services has long been an uphill battle, and attracting new passengers seems to be getting even more difficult. As the 20th century closes, many cities around the world are struggling to subsidise rail operations. Most are losing the larger war – an ever-increasing portion of urban travel is made by private car. Even transit optimists find our fin de siècle limited. Others see it as outright bleak.But why such a cloud over mass transit? Too many rail professionals have been, as the old song goes, ’looking for love in all the wrong places.’ We are fixated on dense corridors, whereas today most urban growth is dispersed, making rail transit uneconomic. The debate at Las Vegas centred on harnessing new technologies to serve areas such as airports, shopping malls, office districts, and institutional campuses, or to act as feeders to regional rail. The findings may offer a brighter future for public transport.Service-proven After almost 30 years of vision and experimentation, the APM industry has started to mature. Airports were the first to benefit, with 20 peoplemovers now in operation and 50 more planned around the world. There is a growing menu of proven peoplemover options. Adtranz, Bombardier, Matra, Mitsubishi, and Otis have airport experience, satisfying rigorous, round-the-clock service requirements at costs of over $20 million per km. Now airport peoplemovers are reaching out beyond simple terminal connections to serve remote parking or link to regional rail services, as at Newark and Chicago O’Hare. Five consortia are currently vying for a US$1bn peoplemover network to serve New York’s JFK airport (Table I). With a 12 km main line haul, this will link the air terminals with a nearby subway station and a distant commuter rail hub. Full automation has been specified for steel-wheeled vehicles running on steel rails, offering the prospect of future integration into the Big Apple’s vast rail network.There is a growing number of automated peoplemover projects outside the airport sector. Four driverless metro lines are under construction in France, with others in Ankara, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Torino. Smaller peoplemovers in leisure parks, casinos and other small centres of activity add to the diversity of the industry. In total the current projects in the pipeline are worth some US$6bn.Technology development is reviving: Poma-Otis now has two test tracks operational. Doppelmayr, Garaventa, Leitner, Schindler and Yantrak are bringing new technologies to the market, and even the bus company in Uppsala, Sweden, is testing a marketable peoplemover. Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport will soon establish the Soulé SK technology as a serious player. The cutting edgeHigher-order technology and intermodal projects are also under way. Outside Boston, personal rapid transit is being developed by Raytheon and the Chicago RTA. A prototype vehicle was prominently displayed in Las Vegas, catching the attention of local television reporters. Raytheon is testing three PRT vehicles, in a research and development programme which entails precision engineering, advanced analysis and commercial patience. PRT promises service more akin to automated taxis than light rail, serving flows of 2000 to 3000 passengers/h for any guideway link. Such capacities may seem low for rail professionals, but it should be kept in mind that this is where the real need is – economic ways to serve modest flows and densities. Are PRT advocates looking for love in the right places? Will they bring a reliable, economic product to this potentially vast market? One obstacle to overcome is our fixation on linear corridors. PRT operates as a network. Ingmar Andreasson’s pioneering simulation work in Sweden has established that adding extra links can satisfy any demand that exceeds the capacity of a single PRT corridor. Meanwhile, planning is under way for PRT demonstrations in Rosemont, near Chicago O’Hare Airport, and near SeaTac airport in Washington state. So far no firm customer has materialised, but planners, investors and potential suppliers are watching with great interest.Innovative approachesThe 400 delegates at APM97 also heard about innovative approaches to public-private funding. A prime example is the recently-opened Mystic Transport Center outside Boston. A small, simple peoplemover, with a pair of Poma-Otis shuttles hauling passive cars over rails by cable, is the key to a bigger, intermodal project.The 235m line, elevated above rail yards, links a station on MBTA’s Orange metro line to the parking garage of an expanding office park along the Mystic River. MBTA is delighted that the US$3m privately-funded project delivers more passengers to its trains. The project has been privately funded as part of a larger parking scheme, supported by a long-term public lease of designated Park + Ride spaces. The simplicity and low cost of the project surprised many who gathered in Las Vegas.Leitner is working on a similar rail-to-parking project in Milano, and Doppelmayr has another shuttle linking two rail lines in Wien. In the early years of the next century, PRT, hectos and automated peoplemovers look set to become more and more common as part of the world’s urban rail framework. For many, the gamble of peoplemover innovation that started in the 1970s may finally be paying off. oTABLE: Table I: Turnkey contenders for the JFK airport access projectSupplier Engineer ConstructorAdtranz Kaiser Yonkers/TurnerBombardier STV Slattery/Perini Siemens-Matra DeLeuw Cather Ralph ParsonsAnsaldo-Breda Edwards+Kelcey RaytheonGEC-Alsthom Morse Diesel Fluor-DanielCAPTION: Is it transit? This privately developed peoplemover in downtown Tampa is both a local amenity and a public service. Supplied by Otis Elevator, it opened in 1985CAPTION: Simple and light, the 235m Mystic Center peoplemover outside Boston, Massachusetts, is part of an innovative Park + Ride strategylast_img read more

European insurer tenders emerging market equity mandate on IPE-Quest

first_imgA Europe-based insurance company has tendered a €200m emerging market equity mandate, according to a search on IPE-Quest.The unnamed investor has put out a search for an asset manager to run a euro-denominated portfolio of all/large-cap equities within emerging markets.The assets should be managed using a core style, and the insurance company has said specifically that the investment process should definitely not result in a value bias.The process has been stipulated as active, with the benchmark for the portfolio being the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The investment process should involve fundamental analysis of countries, sectors and companies, the insurance company said.It also said it had a preference for a top-down thematic approach in the first phase of the process.Tracking error is expected to be kept between 2% and 7%.Firms responding to the search should have assets under management (AUM) for this asset class of at least €1.25bn, and total AUM for the firm of €2.5bn.Performance should be stated in US dollars to 31 May.The firm should have a track record of at least five years.The deadline for submissions is 26 June.After that, the deadline for the section of a shortlist is 15 July, followed by a deadline for submission of RFPs on 24 August.The final selection will be made by the board on 1 December, according to the search.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email read more

New Track Surface

first_imgThank you to athletic director, Bryan Helvie, and principal, Andy Allen, and the Batesville School Board for the beautiful restoration of the Batesville High School track surface.  At the football game on Friday night I saw the new track and learned that there were 3 new layers of surface added to the base.Again, the Batesville Community Schools have found an economical way to provide our young students with a complete education–physical as well as mental.  This will provide a safe surface for the track team and others who use the track until funds are available to completely re-do the facility.last_img read more

Tilford and Naomi Brunner

first_imgMr. Tilford Louis Brunner, age 93 of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, passed away January 19, 2018. He was born in Ripley County, Indiana on September 28, 1924. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Naomi Jean Brunner, age 79 on August 22, 2004. She was born in Osgood, Indiana on May 8, 1924. Both Tilford and Naomi were members of the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain. Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark Louis Brunner and wife Brenda, Todd Eugene Brunner and wife Karen; a grandson, Troy Brunner; a granddaughter Megan Edge.An 11:00 am graveside service will be conducted on December 1, 2018, for Tilford and Naomi, at Greendale Cemetery of Osgood, with Pastor Donald Buck officiating. Services are being handled by Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Farley Speedway to host March 18 informational meeting

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – The new ownership group of Farley Speedway will host a meet and greet informational meeting this Saturday, March 18 at the Farley Speedway in the Palace Ballroom beginning at 1 p.m.The ownership group will be represented by Jason Rauen at this meeting. All drivers and crew members interested in competing at any of the three speedways under the direction of Farley Speedway Promotions are encouraged to attend.Racing events will be conducted on Fridays at Farley Speedway, Saturdays at West Liberty Raceway and Sundays at Dubuque Speedway.Special events and the entire schedules will be available and discussed. In addition, all in attendance will meet the new track manager. An open question and answer session will be held.For more information, log on to the official website at read more

Mignolet keen to bounce back

first_img “I think we have more than enough players in the squad with more than enough ability and different types of players to create chances and score goals,” he said. “I don’t think that is the reason we didn’t manage to score. It was more about us conceding very early and Villa sitting back with two lines of five people, very much like last season against Chelsea. “I am sure if we got one, there would be more than one, and that is why it is a frustrating night. “It is something we have to take on the chin, move on, forget about it and make sure we score some goals on Tuesday (in the Reds’ opening Champions League fixture against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets). “For me it is the first time in the Champions League so I am looking forward to seeing what it is like. “I’ve heard the atmosphere inside the stadium is something special so I will look forward to it, but the most important thing is the three points. “We have to do our jobs as professional players and get a good result because a good start in the Champions League is always important. “We have to try to forget (the occasion), we have to look at it as a game to get three points and step onto the pitch and do our jobs. “Once kick-off starts it is a game of 11 men against 11 men.” Saturday was the first time since December 2012 Liverpool lined up without last season’s two leading scorers Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona in the summer, and Daniel Sturridge, out after getting injured on international duty. The pair contributed 56 league goals between them last season as the Reds ran champions Manchester City a close second but Mario Balotelli, a £16million arrival from AC Milan, never looked like coming close to emulating either during the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Anfield. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet does not believe the team’s failure to score was purely down to their absences, for one reason or another. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

59th Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_imgGuyana team arrive, serve into action todayGUYANA’S national senior women’s and men’s table tennis teams arrived in Havana, Cuba early yesterday morning ahead of their participation in the 59th Senior Caribbean Championships, which began yesterday and continues until next Monday at the ‘The Sports City Coliseum’ in La Habana.The contingent had departed from Guyana and the USA on Monday en route to Cuba,Christopher Franklin, Nigel Bryan, Joel Alleyne and women’s player Natalie Cummings left Guyana on a Copa Airlines flight while travelling from the USA were Shemar Britton, Trenace Lowe, Chelsea Edghill, Priscilla Greaves, Dianne Chance, who will also act as team manager. George Nicholas and Cardo Williams will be in the men’s veterans category.Edghill and Greaves, who recently completed one-month training stints in China, will be in the women’s Under-21 category while Britton will lead Guyana’s charge in the men’s Under-21 category.Britton is coming off a campaign in the USA, where he won the Asian American Culture Table Tennis championships (AACTT) Open Under-24 category on July 9, in Flushing New York.Overall, 52 men and 44 women are scheduled to be competing in Havana, representing 13 associations from Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia as well as Trinidad and Tobago.A total of 10 events will be held – Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Under 21 Men’s Singles, Under-21 Women’s Singles, Over-45 Men’s Singles.last_img read more

Cinderellas fly under national radar

first_imgIt’s been a wacky road thus far in the land of college football, to say the least. This season has featured not only an absurd amount of jaw-dropping upsets, but has also had an abundance of Cinderella-like teams still vying for BCS Bowl bids. These teams have come out of virtually nowhere and with just four weeks left in the regular season, have transformed from preseason unknowns into top 15 contenders in the BCS standings. Just how good are these teams, and what are their actual chances of playing in a BCS Bowl? Let’s take a look:No. 2 Boston College (8-0)If it weren’t for Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, BC senior quarterback Matt Ryan may have locked up the Heisman Trophy last Thursday night with his come-from-behind fourth quarter victory against then-No. 8 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.Aside from Thursday’s 14-10 victory over the Hokies, the Eagles have beaten their remaining seven opponents by double digits each week, which always helps in wooing the BCS computers. Because there is now an ACC championship game prior to the bowl season, the Eagles most likely control their own destiny. Should they finish 13-0, it would be criminal if they did not play for the national championship, especially if their ACC championship victory comes over the Hokies.However, if the Eagles drop a game before the season ends, their chances of playing for the title are slim, as they only play one currently ranked team in their final four games (No. 25 Clemson, not including the aforementioned championship game), which will hurt their BCS status. The ACC’s overall weakness this season (in large part due to Miami and Florida State) could really hurt the Eagles come December. If Arizona State, Oregon, LSU, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas or even Missouri finishes with only one loss, they would have the upper hand over BC because of schedule strength. That said, finishing 12-1 would earn the Eagles a spot in a BCS Bowl of some kind, probably the FedEx Orange Bowl.No. 4 Arizona State (8-0)With USC, Oregon, UCLA, and Cal all in the Pac-10, no one really even gave Arizona State a chance at competing out West before the season began. Well, the Sun Devils are for real and now lead the Pac-10 outright. Believe it or not, they have a legitimate shot at a national title, should they win out. But with a trip to Oregon Saturday and a date with USC still looming, that will be easier said than done. However, should the Devils beat the Ducks and the Trojans and finish 12-0, odds are they will find themselves playing for the title in January.If for some reason ASU, BC and Ohio State finish undefeated, that would present a serious problem. It’s wildly unlikely, but if that scenario were to happen, BC would most likely be the unlucky one, again because of the ACC’s weakness this season.Finishing with one loss would most likely still be enough for the Sun Devils to earn a BCS Bowl bid, however.No. 8 Kansas (8-0)Due to the perennial depth in the Big XII, Kansas, in recent years, has never been in the mix for a conference title. No one would have thought that come Nov. 1, Kansas, not Oklahoma or Texas, would be leading the Big XII. The Jayhawks have edged out Colorado and Texas A&M over the past two weeks by five and eight points, respectively, but a favorable schedule featuring only one currently ranked team (No. 9 Missouri at home) plays into KU’s favor. However, before hoping for a chance at a national title (assuming the previously mentioned undefeated teams all lose), the Jayhawks would have to come away with a victory in the Big XII championship game, which at this point looks like it’s going to be against Oklahoma, a team Kansas has yet to play this season.Finishing with one loss is more realistic, which would most likely earn them a BCS Bowl bid, especially if they represent the Big XII North in the conference championship game.No. 13 Connecticut (7-1)One loss in a diminished Big East Conference is not enough for even an outside chance for the Huskies to earn a spot in the national championship game. But even being mentioned in the BCS race is an accomplishment for a team that became a Division I program only four years ago. It’s safe to say that no one, maybe not even the Huskies themselves, saw UConn leading the Big East this late in the season. West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers certainly would have laughed at that proposition.Despite its perfect conference record (3-0), UConn has a tough road ahead of them, including at Cincinnati, Rutgers and finishing the season at No. 7 West Virginia. Should the Huskies finish their Cinderella season 11-1, they have a very good shot at landing a BCS Bowl bid. Unfortunately, anything short of that won’t cut it. Nonetheless, it’s been a successful year in Storrs.No. 14 Hawaii (8-0)Hawaii is different than the previously mentioned teams; people knew about Colt Brennan and the Rainbow Warrior offense before the season began. Last season, undefeated Boise State stole a “major” team’s spot in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and ultimately beat Oklahoma in one of the most exciting college football games ever played. Should Hawaii finish perfectly this season, which is quite likely, they deserve to follow in the men of the blue turf’s footsteps and play in a BCS Bowl; it would be unfair and hypocritical if they didn’t. Hawaii beat Boise State this season, and if going undefeated in Division I isn’t enough to play in a BCS Bowl (even if it is the WAC), then something is wrong with the system.Can anyone say “playoffs”?last_img read more

Common goal: No. 1 Syracuse employs rotation of Costantino, Richardson in net as team looks to return to national championship

first_img Published on February 14, 2013 at 3:08 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Where the light is: With more experience, Syracuse searches for way to reclaim past gloryLong way home: Maltz living boyhood dream after years on lacrosse outskirtsBall hawk: After decorated high school football career, Mullins thrives as defender on lacrosse fieldNet natural: Wardwell becomes force in cage after years of preparing for Division-I spotlightLighting it up: Syracuse’s new-look attack anchors offense, scoring responsibilities The two-goaltender system isn’t popular with many other teams. But Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell wouldn’t have any other system in the cage behind her.“I like it this way,” Glanell said. “Having two goalies is an advantage. If one of them is having an off day, switch them out. Or you know, both of them might be on fire, saving goals left and right. We look at it positively, not negatively.”A year removed from posting the best save percentage (.489) in the Big East, the No. 1 Orange (1-0) is set to begin the 2013 season with junior Alyssa Costantino and sophomore Kelsey Richardson splitting time at goalie – just as they did last season. Costantino managed to log nearly 933 minutes in 2012, and her .494 save percentage ranked best in the Big East. But the platoon system fluctuated enough for Richardson to accumulate almost 470 minutes of playing time.Although most other teams across the country stick to one goalie, Syracuse’s team save percentage ranked in the top 10 nationally.And the two-goalie platoon didn’t stop the Orange from reaching the NCAA championship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re just lucky we’re in a position where we have two very strong goalies,” said SU head coach Gary Gait, who never used a two-goalie system before last season. “And they were both fighting for the starting position last year and we didn’t get clear separation between them. When we have one clear starting goalie, it’ll be a one-goalie system.Out of the 16 teams that reached last year’s NCAA Tournament, only one other team had two goalies that each racked up 400 minutes in the cage – Navy used a number of goalies throughout the season, but switched to Michelle Verbeeck as the primary starter for the last seven games, including all but three minutes of the Midshipmen’s four postseason contests.Costantino started each of the Orange’s 23 games and Richardson appeared in all but six of them. Syracuse was the only contending program that truly utilized two goalies all season.“We played a lot of the top goalies in the country,” Gait said. “And we blow them out of the water and they don’t have an opportunity to switch it up when there’s a three, four, five-goal run. That’s something we can always do.”With the knowledge that they’ll be sharing the goal for most of this season, Costantino and Richardson aren’t bothered by the instability of being pulled at any moment. Costantino instead takes solace in the consistency of taking assignments one half at a time.Costantino and Richardson both said they knew going into the Orange’s season-opener at Jacksonville on Jan. 13 that they would split the first and second halves. Costantino started and Richardson took over after halftime.But that won’t be the case every game. The coaches make substitutions not entirely because of performances, but also based on matchups and their “gut,” Gait said. SU wants both goalies to have their opportunities in the cage.Gait believes both of his goalies are solid at handling any shot levels, but said Costantino is slightly better with the high shots and Richardson slightly better at defending the low shots.That’s when Gait likes to take advantage of his two-goalie system.“What I like is they both have a little different strengths,” Gait said. “And you can kind of use that and the shooters have to change up the way they shoot. It definitely allows us some flexibility in there and create momentum changes in games. And I think that’s key.”Even though both goalies see the field often, the rotation doesn’t throw off the defense’s communication.The Orange learns defense as a unit, Glanell said, not as individuals, so the interaction doesn’t waver when a new goalie takes over the cage. Gait said both goalies receive plenty of time in practice to develop rapports with the defense, so the risk of a miscommunication is a “non-issue.”“I trust our defensive goalie coaches,” Glanell said. “And I trust both Kelsey and A-Cos, so no matter who’s behind us, we know they got our backs and we got their backs.”In this two-goalie scheme, Costantino said, it’s difficult to prepare for games since she doesn’t know exactly how long she’ll be protecting SU’s goal.It’s just as hard for Richardson coming in from the sideline.“Every game I just mentally prepared myself like I was playing and then when you did get in you just had to be ready to play,” Richardson said. “You had to come every game, ready to play.”While the system has its unknowns, it keeps the goalies on their toes and forces them to play their best. When Costantino is on the field, she said, her intensity and focus are always up in hopes of staying on as long as she can.Syracuse is confident its rare two-goalie strategy will work for the second consecutive season, as the goalies have improved from last year. Costantino and Richardson are carrying themselves with more confidence, SU assistant coach Brett Queener said, and they’ve taken leadership roles now that another year is under their belts.But Queener is especially thrilled with the progress the goalies are making in the cage, particularly in their understanding of the position and their tighter footwork.“That was something, when I came in last spring, we had to immediately work on because they had never really worked on that kind of stuff,” Queener said. “So it’s now become second nature … They’re seeing better shots every day, so I think in all context or all facets of their game, they’ve accelerated.”Costantino said she and Richardson work off of each other’s energy well. One goalie’s improvement motivates the other one to work harder, she said, and vice versa.Syracuse hopes Costantino and Richardson maintain their development as the Orange continues to run a two-goalie system that few other teams across the nation use.“So, people like ‘Oh, we don’t have a goalie’ or whatever it is – it’s the best system, I think, in the country last year. So we’re going to continue with it,” Queener said. “It’s a good problem to have, having two goalies who are the best in the country.“Want to use them both, right?” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trustee Gin Wong remembered for la architecture

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC NewsGin Wong, trustee and architect of many Southern California buildings, died Sept. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 94. Wong designed buildings such as a 33-story skyscraper and the Automobile Club of Southern California headquarters in Orange County and a roadway at the Los Angeles International Airport. Wong was born in Guangzhou, China, and received a degree from the USC School of Architecture. “Gin Wong was a visionary architect who left an indelible mark on our beloved alma mater and our vibrant southern California landscape,” President C. L. Max Nikias told USC News. “He was also an exemplary Trojan who was always looking forward to his next endeavor.”Wong helped design the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the USC City Center in downtown Los Angeles.Wong’s company Gin Wong Associates helped restore USC’s original building, which became the Widney Alumni House after Wong completed the restoration in 1977.Gin Wong is survived by his wife, Louise Wong; children, Terrina, Janna and Kimberlee; and four grandchildren, three of whom attended USC. Memorial services for Wong will be private, but Wong’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, funds be donated to the Gin Wong Scholarship at the USC School of Architecture.last_img read more

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