Rail

The case for driverless trains by the numbers

Posted on April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With automatic train control returning to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Red Line rail system, a CityLab report makes the case for driverless trains.

Some of the benefits discussed, include a 70% savings in staff, higher frequencies, significant operational savings and more room for passengers.

For now, WMATA’s change will be limited to eight-car rush-hour trains, which will once again start and stop via computer control for the first time since a deadly 2009 crash. Human drivers will remain on board to open and close doors, with other parts of the system possibly moving to automation down the road. For the full story, click here.

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