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There are several types of Higherway stops designed to fit into particular locations at minimal cost. Balcony stops are the lowest cost stops and are built as attachments to buildings on the second or third floor. Suburban ground-level stops are the next lowest cost and include berths for Pelicans and Doves (andQuails/Pheasants) and often landing areas where Quails/Pheasants can enter or leave the system.

Higher cost stops are located in airports and stadiums and have part-time attendants and many berths. Stadium stops have several levels circling the stadium so people leaving after an event do not have to go far to board. Full-service stand-alone city stops include attendants, elevators, rest rooms, package hold areas, bike lockers, and training facilities and are the most expensive. All public stops will have closed circuit television monitoring, ride card readers: both RFID readers and keyboards with a voice link to a system operator (can be credit card pay telephones), lighting, awnings, and safety features to prevent people from falling or colliding with vehicles.

Cargo stops will have berths for Owls and automatic load/unload conveyors. Depending on the cargo, they may have automatic doors and refrigeration. The stops may be located inside buildings.

Passenger stop location criteria:

  1. Put stops at hospitals, large schools, jails, hotels, large employers, shopping centers, large churches, wherever there are large parking lots or many people go five days per week.
  2. Connect to other transportation modes: airports, docks, rental car agencies, train and bus stations.
  3. Put stops in neighborhoods where people want them.
  4. Put stops where landowners are willing to pay for them.

Table I. HIGHERWAY PASSENGER STOP FUNCTIONS (examples)

STOP TYPE

DOVE BERTHS

PELICAN BERTHS

QUAIL/PHEASANT LANDINGS

ELEVATOR

REST ROOMS

PACKAGE HOLD

RIDE CARD ISSUE

TRAINING MOCKUP

PARKING LOT

BIKE LOCKERS

ATTENDANTS

Minimum Suburban

ground level

1 to 4

1

1

none

none

no

no

no

yes

3 to 30

no

Central Business District

2nd or 3rd floor balcony

1 to 4

1

0

in building

in building

no

no

no

no

no

no

Business District

stand-alone

2 to 6

1

0

1

2

yes

yes

0 to 1

no

10 to 20

part-time

Stadium

multi-level

20 to 100

8 to 14

4 to 12

in stadium

in stadium

?

yes

yes

yes

20 to 200

part-time

Airport Terminal

in terminal

1 to 3 each

1 to 2 each

0 to 2

1 each if needed

in terminal

yes

yes

1 per airport

0 to 4

10 to 100

matching airline schedules

Hospital

ground level

1 to 3

2 to 4

1

in hospital

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

10 to 30

full-time

Jail

ground or balcony

1 to 3

1

0 to 1

in building

in building

yes

yes

no

yes

3 to 30

guards on call

STOP TYPE

DOVE BERTHS

PELICAN BERTHS

QUAIL/PHEASANT LANDINGS

ELEVATOR

REST ROOMS

PACKAGE HOLD

RIDE CARD ISSUE

TRAINING MOCKUP

PARKING LOT

BIKE LOCKERS

ATTENDANTS

Stops will have separate
berths for Doves and Pelicans

Stops will have separate berths for Doves and Pelicans and easy communications to system operators.

landing at ground-level
station

Skyhook dualmode landings will enable automatic alignment between the Baz carrier vehicles and the Pheasant and Quail dualmode vehicles.

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This page last updated June 1, 2003