Investigation of Hovercraft Operation in Detroit Weather Conditions
Hoback, Alan S. 2007/01
I-94 on the east side of Detroit will be rebuilt because of deterioration and congestion problems. Traffic congestion will be exacerbated by the rebuilding process, which will last three years. On I-75 between Toledo and Detroit, and on I-94 between Port Huron and Detroit, lane reductions due to reconstruction and maintenance have occurred for several days nearly every construction season in the last 10 years, leading to further congestion and frustration. Additionally, over the next decades the freeway system will become very congested. An alternative mode of travel using comparably priced and fast hovercraft on the river has been investigated. The first step leading to a hovercraft transit line is to evaluate the effects of Detroit’s weather on its operation. The sacrifices that need to be made using hovercraft transit in a cold region are listed in this report. Sacrifices include added maintenance, delay and cancelled service. Depending upon further investigations, hovercraft might need to cancel service more than other transit modes. They might need to cancel service as frequently as ferries do.
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