This edition of The Arup Journal includes highly varied transportation-related projects such as two contrasting zero-energy buildings in Hong Kong and the USA, and a major new entertainment venue in the UK.

Personal Rapid Transit: implementing the ULTra Heathrow system (pp2–13) Following a test track at Cardiff, Arup designed the full, mostly elevated, infrastructure for the Ultra personal rapid transit (PRT) system that now links Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with its business car park.

Luton Dunstable Busway, UK (pp14–23) Arup’s 20-year involvement with guided busways in the UK led to the design of this 10km dedicated link, which relieves traffic congestion by providing quick and efficient public transport between the town centres of Luton and Dunstable.

Wire-free technologies for light rail (pp24–31) This paper by David Stuart-Smith, Arup’s Global Traction Power Skills Leader, looks at new or reinvented technologies that enable electric light rail systems to operate without the need for overhead line electrification (OLE) over some or all of the route.

first direct arena, Leeds, UK (pp32–51) Arup’s years of involvement with this new 13,500-capacity, highly sustainable, city-centre music venue extended beyond the full multidisciplinary design (civil, structural, services, acoustics, fire, sustainability) of the building itself to a significant role in its implementation.

The Corbin Building restoration, Fulton Center, New York City (pp52–71) Following the study in the last Arup Journal of the cable net installation in the Fulton Center’s central oculus, this new article looks at another aspect of NYC’s major new transportation interchange, with an account of Arup’s contribution to the preservation, restoration, and repurposing of the elegant, terracott-clad Corbin Building, a late 19th century proto-skyscraper.

The CIC zero carbon building, Hong Kong (pp72–81) Responding to the quest for low carbon technologies applicable to Hong Kong, the Construction Industry Council commissioned the design and construction of ZCB, a showcase zero carbon building for industry to demonstrate these technologies in practice. The John W Olver zero-net energy Transit Center (pp82–89) Located in the heart of Greenfield in north-west Massachusetts, this is an intermodal depot for all of the area’s fixed-route bus lines and private inter-city, taxi and paratransit (community transport) services.

A30: Autoroute 30 Montréal Southern By-pass (pp90–115) This article summarises Arup’s work on the 42km long Autoroute 30 Southern By-pass PPP (public-private partnership) project in Québec, Canada. Our scope included structural, geotechnical, highways, pavement, environmental, drainage, and bridge engineering design, notably of the two major bridges across the St Lawrence River, and the Beauharnois Canal and St Lawrence Seaway.


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