The benefits of automated metros are well-known, apart perhaps from the higher speeds that automation brings. Driverless metros, which are becoming increasingly common around the world, generally have low operational labour costs as well as high passenger capacity. But automation also has a lesser-known advantage: speed. Not only can computer-controlled trains drive more closely together, but they are also faster. The difference appears to be substantial, perhaps as much as 20 sec per station. ...
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