June 2023

From the President

Dear {First Name}, exciting things are happening! I have been told the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport system in China is now in operation with four stations, 10 track km and 22 vehicles. It uses Ultra-MTS technology. The Zhongtang Sky Railway Group Co Ltd plans to bring their ATN system with six-passenger vehicles into public operation in China in about three months. Modutram is starting construction on a 7.4 km corridor ATN system with 11 stations in Tlaxcala, Mexico. The first phase includes 3 stations and is expected to open to public service around the end of 2023.

The 2023 Podcar City Conference has now been rescheduled to November 30 – December 1 in San Jose, California. The new date and location have met with significantly increased interest in the conference. This includes several suppliers wanting to exhibit and/or display their vehicles and even more who want to attend and/or present. In addition, we are getting strong interest from owners and potential owners who want to share their stories and learn from each other. This is a great opportunity to learn about ATN from top to bottom. Please plan to attend. ATRA members get a discount.

PS: We love you. Please join ATRA/pay your dues/volunteer. Together we can fix public transportation!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President

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How does Morgantown’s PRT even work?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) — Every Morgantown resident and WVU student knows about the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. It’s the tram that spans both ends of WVU’s campus and helps give the Mountaineers a way over and around those pesky mountains. But how does a system like this actually work? Let’s find out.


Official Presentation "Autotren Tlaxcala"

The Governor of Tlaxcala Lorena Cuéllar together with Mr. Alfredo Chedraui, President of the Council of Modutram, and in the company of the Governor of Puebla Sergio Céspedes, presented the Autotrén Tlaxcala as what will be the first urban public transport facility with technology " ATN” (Automated Transit Network) of the American continent, with which a new paradigm of high-capacity, dignified and sustainable urban public transport will be established. 


Pod taxi project faces strong opposition in Haridwar

HARIDWAR: The Uttarakhand state government's proposed Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) pod taxi project in Haridwar is facing strong opposition from local stakeholders...


Ed Porter was an innovator and ‘homespun hero’

With the passing of Ed Porter, our community has lost a homespun hero. Ed was an innovator of new ideas in education, the environment, politics and community issues..


Ed Porter supported PRT and believed, like I do, in the need for PRT clients and potential clients to meet and share their vision, goals and hurdles to be overcome. He is fondly remembered and respected.  

Lapu-Lapu City signs MOU for mass transport system feasibility study

CEBU CITY – The city government of Lapu-Lapu has entered into an agreement with a company for the conduct of a feasibility study for a mass transport system project in the city.


Lapu-Lapu mass transport feasibility study MOU signed

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- Lapu-Lapu City has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Mass Transport System Project feasibility study with a private company.


Pod taxi report ready, says it will be longest in world

NOIDA: At 14.6 km, the proposed personal rapid transit (PRT) project in the Yamuna Expressway region connecting the upcoming Noida Airport and the proposed Film City in Sector 21 will likley be the longest in the world


Yeida revised the DPR of pod taxi

Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority has approved the revised detailed project report and bid document for the ?810 crore pod taxi project connecting Sector 21 Film City to the airport project site in Jewar.



Noida News: IPRCL will present report on pod taxi in Yamuna Authority

Greater Noida. A meeting will be held on Wednesday with the Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IRPCL) at the Yamuna Authority on the proposed pod taxi project from Jewar Airport to Film City and industrial sectors. In this study report of pod taxi running in Japan, Korea and London will be sent. After that the report will be sent to the government.


Self-Driving Pods to Shuttle Airport Passengers in San Jose

Glydways’ four-person electric pods would shuttle between San Jose Mineta International Airport and Diridon Station by 2028


San José city council moves forward with airport transit system

The City of San José in California has approved a contract for a dedicated transit system, named the Diridon-Airport Connector, to connect the city’s transportation hubs – Diridon Station and San José Mineta International Airport (SJC).


Minority Report-Style Self-Driving Robocars To Replace Airport Shuttles At San Jose

Electric pods will carry passengers between San Jose Mineta International Airport and Diridon Station on special narrow roads


Iloilo City's fast-paced dev’t entices transport sector investors

ILOILO CITY – This city’s fast-paced development has enticed investors from the transportation sector to consider investing here.


San Jose Plans Robocar Network Instead of Airport Shuttle

The city’s exploration of personal rapid transit is a rejection of both traditional trains and the vision of autonomous vehicles traveling on conventional roads.


Special news from Yamuna Authority: Will be the first city in the country where pod taxi will run, will connect airport and film city

NEWS7NOIDA | Symbolic photo Yamuna Authority: Preparations to run pod taxis in Yamuna City have intensified. Yamuna City will be the first city in the country where people will travel by sitting in pod taxis.


Consensus on the plan to Run Driverless Pod Taxis in Dehradun on the Lines of Singapore

On April 12, 2023, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary S.S. Sandhu said that after Haridwar district, Dehradun will now be the second city in the state where preparations are on to run pod taxis. Here on the lines of Singapore (under Personal Rapid Transit Transport-PRT), a plan has been agreed to run driverless pod taxis.


MARTA to test automated vehicles at Atlanta airport

The automated vehicles would have capacity to carry up to six passengers on routes around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Will San Jose ever connect its two transit hubs?

In the year 2030, a woman walks from her apartment in downtown San Jose to Diridon Station, where she zips toward San Jose Mineta International Airport and arrives within five minutes for her flight.


Pod taxi service to connect Noida Airport & Film City to be operational by 2024

Uttar Pradesh is set to become the first State in the country to have a pod taxi service which will connect the upcoming Noida international airport at Jewar to the proposed Film City.


Hail a Ride on Overhead Solar Transit

We are designing a solar powered, grade-separated, automated transportation network system we call the Spartan Superway. Several cities overseas are lining up to install such networks to meet their transportation needs (Figure 1). Is your city ready for the transportation solar revolution?


Scrap 'pod car' plan, say Haridwar residents days after tend ..

HARIDWAR: Days after the Uttarakhand government floated a global tender for a 'pod car' project in Haridwar, local residents met district authorities and officials of Uttarakhand Metro Rail Project to express their apprehensions.


Pod taxi lessons from London and South Korea

NOIDA: For the successful operation of India’s first pod taxi project, proposed to connect the Noida International Airport in Jewar with Film City in Sector 21, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is getting a study....


Firm proposes to build ‘podcar’ transport system in Mandaue city

FUTRAN Philippines Inc. has proposed to build the country’s first podcars in Mandaue City, as it introduces the first-ever “people mover project” and a transport technology that has already been adopted in other countries.


Feasibility study for building PH’s first suspended transport system in Cebu launched

CEBU CITY — A feasibility study was launched to construct the country’s first suspended transport system that will be built in Mandaue City, Cebu.


Gateway To Gods: Haridwar May Soon Get Driverless Pod Taxis For Public Transport

Devotes visiting Haridwar may soon use driverless pods for internal travel within the holy city.


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