A study of the feasibility of automated transit networks (ATN) with ultralight GreenPod vehicles to improve mobility and reduce congestion is being undertaken in Greenville, Mauldin and Clemson. Funding is through the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study with a Unified Planning Work Program grant from the Federal Transit Administration, and matching funding from Greenville County and the Cities of Greenville, Mauldin and Clemson. GreenPods are small, driverless vehicles that operate on dedicated guideways. Because the guideways are separated (usually by elevating them) from other traffic and pedestrians, they increase safety by reducing accidents and relieve congestion by removing passengers from roadways, GreenPods provide convenient quick trips independent of road congestion. Secure, comfortable GreenPods travel non-stop on mainline guideways with numerous stations on offline sidings.
The study will also investigate the use of gondolas for crossing Lake Hartwell between High Pointe and the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University. In addition, the use of autonomous shuttles and taxis will be considered to supplement the GreenPods.