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Fire Safety Guidelines for Vehicles in a Downtown People Mover System. Final Report.



Richard D. Peacock


The results of a study to formulate fire safety guidelines to be required for vehicles used in Downtown People Mover (DPM) systems for the movement of people in a congested urban area are presented. Through a review of the design features of existing people mover vehicles and systems, and a review of proposed new systems, fire scenarios are developed and guidelines suggested to minimie the fire risk to passengers. Methods and criteria, based on established test procedures, are proposed for assessing the flammability and smoke generation of interior finish and furnishing materials. Fire and smoke detection and suppression equipment are recommended, along with proposed guidelines for emergency evacuation provisions and emergency communication requirements. An extensive bibliography of flammability in fixed guideway transit systems is included.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


emergency plans, evacuating (transportation), fire detection, fire safety, fire suppression, evacuation


Peacock, R. (1979), Fire Safety Guidelines for Vehicles in a Downtown People Mover System. Final Report., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created January 1, 1979, Updated February 19, 2017