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Annex A15: Comparison between Traffic Concepts

Features of eight modern traffic concepts (AUTOSHUTTLE,  Conventional road vehicle traffic, Telematic conventional and with electric vehicles, Railtaxi, RUF, Auto train and Railway) are compared in the following tables and marked between 1 = very good and 6 = very bad.


 
Traffic Concept


 Characteristic

AUTOSHUTTLE Conventional road vehicle traffic Telematic with 
conventional road vehicles
Telematic with 
fuel cell and electric road vehicles
Safety 1 Safer than railways by improved derailment protection and effective safety system 4 At least ten times more dangerous than railways 3 Slight improvement over conventional road vehicle traffic 3 Slight improvement over conventional road vehicle traffic
Door-to-door travelling time 1 AUTOSHUTTLE-journey average 180 km/h plus 1 minute for start and braking for cars and lorries.Low tolerance time for delays needed. Low time losses for loading and unloading. 2 Motorway average 115 km/h for car; 65 km/h for lorry. Low reliability. 2 Slightly higher motorway average than conventional road vehicle traffic. Improved reliability. 2 Slightly higher motorway average than conventional road vehicle traffic. Improved reliability.
Flexibility 1 Quasi continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination. 1 Continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination. 1 Continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination. 1 Continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination.
Cost for user and operator 1 Operational cost: -.12 per km for a car; -.22 per km for a lorry. Operator company profitable. 1 Operational cost:-.13 per km for a car; -.23 per km for a lorry; High cost coverage ratio for road construction and maintenance by taxes from road users 1 Operational cost:-.13 per km for a car; -.23 per km for a lorry; High cost coverage ratio for road construction and maintenance by taxes from road users 1 Operational cost similar to conventional road vehicle traffic. High cost coverage ratio for road construction and maintenance by taxes from road users
Reliability 1 Very low delay risk, medium reliability of conventional road transport affects trips to and from AUTOSHUTTLE only. 3 Medium delay risk, medium reliability of the road vehicle 2 Low delay risk, medium reliability of the road vehicle 2 Low delay risk, medium reliability of the road vehicle
Environmental friendliness 1 Low energy consumption, low space consumption, low emission, very low noise 4 Medium energy consumption, high space consumption, high emission level, much noise 4 Medium energy consumption, high space consumption, high emission level, much noise 3 Medium energy consumption, high space consumption, low emission level, relatively low noise
Averaged mark 1.0 2.5 2.2 2.0

 
Traffic Concept


Characteristic

Railtaxi (individual railway wheel based road vehicle transport wagons) RUF (special cars for both road and monorail) Auto train and Truck train Conventional railways
Safety 1 Safe by track guidance, effective safety systems and professional operation 1 Safe by track guidance, effective safety systems and professional operation 1 Safe by track guidance, effective safety systems and professional operation 1 Safe by track guidance, effective safety systems and professional operation
Door-to-door travelling time 2 Average 130 km/h plus 1 minute for start and braking for cars and lorries. Low tolerance time for delays needed. Low time losses for loading and unloading. 4 Average 70 km/h for cars and lorries. Low tolerance time for delays needed. Low time losses for getting on and off the monorail. 4 Train journey at average 90 km/h for cars; 65 km/h for lorries. High time losses for loading and unloading and for adaptation to timetable. 4 Train journey at average80 km/h for passengers,40 km/h for goods. High time losses for getting on and off the train. Medium time losses for adaptation to timetable.
Flexibility 1 Quasi continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination. 1 Continuous departures, continuously alterable trip destination. 5 Fixed timetable. Determination of destination mostly possible before departure only. 4 Fixed timetable. Dependence of trip destination on train stop locations.
Cost for user and operator 3 Similar to road vehicles. Acceptance significantly lower than that of Autoshuttle. Profitable construction and operation questionable. 5 Expensive purchase of a special car. 4 -.17 to -.50 per km for a car, -.50 to 1.- per km for a lorry. Mostly dependent on subsidises. 4 Average values ca. -.10 per passenger-km, -.10 per ton-km.Mostly dependent on subsidises.
Reliability 1 Very low delay risk, medium reliability of conventional road transport affects trips to and from Railtaxi only. 3 Low delay risk, medium reliability of RUF-vehicle. 2 Medium delay risk, mainly caused by prolonged station stops and train overtaking. 2 Medium delay risk, mainly caused by prolonged station stops and train overtaking.
Environmental friendliness 3 Medium energy consumption, low space consumption, low emission level, much noise. 3 Relative high energy consumption, low space consumption, low emissions, relatively little noise. 2 Low energy consumption, medium space consumption, low emissions, much noise. 2 Low energy consumption, medium space consumption, low emissions, much noise.
Averaged mark 1.8 2.8 3.0 2.8