ENGR_Milestone_4 - 1 Evaluation of Commuter System 2020...

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1 Evaluation of Commuter System 2020 – Milestone #4 ENGR13100 – Fall 2010 11/9/10 Section 015 Team 10 Nicholas Rago HyoHyun Ha Hwa Jong Lee David Yen
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2 In a modern society, if one wants to mobilize efficiently, he or she will have to pay the price for what is needed. Gas and electricity fuels today’s society, so therefore, emissions are generally involved. The main purpose of our new transportation system is to lower emissions to increase effective transportation and efficiency on Purdue’s campus. It is the engineer’s goal to create a system that is as close to an ideal transportation system (fast, cheap, eco-friendly, good accessibility, etc) as possible while considering the three ideas of innovation; desirability, viability, and feasibility. It meets Purdue’s goal of addressing an efficient and economical system that considers the users’ budget while maintain the highest level of efficiency. Through our concept generations and reductions we have compiled a list of solutions that effectively address the problems that Purdue’s transportation system is facing. One main aspect of our plan to revitalize the current system would be the addition of ULTRa system. The Urban Light Transportation System reduces gas consumption by half in comparison to a normal bus. It also cuts costs by no longer needing drivers, like the current bus system requires. This system is extremely safe while being as timelier than buses. Although ULTRa is somewhat expensive it will eventually pay for itself over time. The electric bikes that Purdue will make available for rent will also decrease the money Purdue uses on gas every year while bringing in money from rental fees. They require less time than walking and would be accessible to all Purdue University students and faculty. With wider sidewalks more people will want to walk because there would be less congestion while traveling around campus. It also encourages people to opt to walk rather than drive their cars, which would reduce air pollution and traffic around campus. The addition of bike lanes throughout Purdue would make it significantly easier to bike around campus because pedestrians would not be in the way of bicyclists. When bike lanes are added on every street in both directions, bikes will be much more time efficient than they are now. At the moment, State Street divides the academic and research areas of campus. This problem would be fixed when traffic is diverted onto Third Street. State Street would be paved over and shops would be built, creating a place to meet and collaborate for both undergraduate and graduate students. This would blend the two areas of campus and the campus would no longer be divided. One of our major assumptions is that there will be no major flaws in the ULTRa
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