Evaluation of visual impacts of trolleybus overhead catenary system intersections

Arthur Schwartz, John S. Kulpa, John C. Falcocchio

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This paper presents an approach to evaluating the visual impact of trolleybus overhead catenary system (OCS) intersections based on the quantity of special work hardware required to construct the intersection. Examples of various intersection types are presented using both diagrams and photographs, and a scoring system is developed. The scoring system is used to rank common intersection types and produce a scale of visual impact that can be used to evaluate unique intersection configurations. The effect of street width on the visual impact of intersections is discussed, as is the related effect of advance turn lanes. Approaches to reducing visual impact by changing intersection layout are illustrated and their effect on bus operations is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number1503
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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