INTERMODAL TRANSIT SYSTEM
TDC MICHELE MICHAHELLES PRESIDENT
US PATENT OFFICE
Inventor: Michahelles; Michele (New York, NY)
Appl. No.: 05/433,474
Comfortable, safe, rapid, low-cost transport of persons over both relatively short and relatively long distances is provided by transport apparatus comprising small, self-propelled vehicles that are used primarily for short distance transportation and mobile carrier vehicles, such as railroad cars, which carry a number of the vehicles on a platform for long distance transportation. The passenger compartments of the self-propelled vehicles accommodate the passengers during transport on the mobile carrier vehicle, but the passengers in each vehicle have access to an enclosure, such as a corridor or passageway running longitudinally along the carrier vehicle and having doorways that match the doorways of the individual self-propelled vehicles so that the passengers may move to other places in the mobile carrier vehicle. The body of each of the self-propelled vehicles has a medial passage extending generally parallel to the direction the vehicle moves when self-propelled along a straight path and has an entry-exit doorway axially aligned with the medial passage such that the self-propelled vehicle is driven onto the mobile carrier vehicle transversely and docks at a selected doorway leading to the carrier vehicle enclosure. Seating is arranged on either side of the medial passage, the floor of the seating areas being at an elevation above the floor of the medial passage. Luggage space is provided above the seating areas and under the side portions of the floor between the wheels. The passage of the self-propelled vehicle is preferably approximately six feet in height so that a person can move about in the self-propelled vehicle with ease.