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                 August 2017
From the President....

Last month's news about the Ajman Project in the UAE is very significant. This is the largest ever ATN project proposed as a retrofit to an entire city. The reporting has been a bit confusing since three different cost numbers have been announced. Here is the scoop:

The system cost is US$ 723 M. The total project cost, including the system cost is US$ 882 M. Some reporters incorrectly added these two numbers together.

Note that the total length of guideway is 120 kilometer (75 miles). Thus the system cost is US$  6 M per kilometer or US$ 10 M per mile. These are very competitive cost numbers. However, it must be pointed out that the project includes elevated PRT and at-grade GRT and the relative proportions of the two are unknown.

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Best regards,
Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President
PRT needs to distinguish by performance from self-driving cars - or submerge in them. By: Joerg Schweizer

Will PRT be able to distinguish itself from self-driving cars? Self-driving cars are believed to be able to run on any paved road, on exclusive lanes or on lanes with mixed traffic, with or without a driver, shared or private. Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit 
 Association (ATRA)        

Chapter Five
 by Dr J. Edward Anderson

1980- The Fifth Year

International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA

International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA
November 8-10 2017 in Las Vegas, USA 
Eleventh annual event focuses on automated mobility for
Smart City, Smart Transit, Smart Energy
Press release - for immediate release
San Jose, CA and Las Vegas, NV - July 27th 2017


ANYONE with even the faintest interest in tech will have read that Elon Musk's madcap Hyperloop One - a near-supersonic transport system that runs through low-pressure tubes - has recently undergone a series of successful trials.

pod taxi system, are feasible and which of them is the best.

Next Future Transportation says it's developing a modular transportation system, consisting of individual pod vehicles that connect and disconnect with one another to get people from place to place. 

If  Sustainable Systems of ColoradoCEO R. Paul Williamson has his way, the Boulder-to-Firestone commute 

An Environmentally Responsible Solution That Will Change The Face of Transportation

"The time has come for a replacement to the automobile. Elevated rail makes the most sense for both city and forest, so the question remains, what format is the best? This is the question that I have asked myself for more than a decade. Over this time I have designed and discarded numerous options. The Railplane is the distillation of this effort. 

RailPlane Zero Headway Exit

2getthere, a pioneer and worldwide market leader in autonomous passenger vehicles and automated people mover solutions, today announced they have signed a long-term agreement with Oceaneering International, Inc. ("Oceaneering") (NYSE: OII) headquartered in Houston, Texas. 

Making Moves June 2017 in HD

Skyway Expansion News

Niti Aayog clears six proposals for high-tech public transport 

NEW DELHI: Mass rapid transportation technologies such as hyperloop, metrino and pod taxis could soon be a reality in India after Niti Aayog cleared half-a-dozen proposals of the transport ministry exploring options to improve public transport. 

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) offers clean, quiet, responsive public transit with automated non-stop service available 24 hours a day.

Transit's Precipitous Decline

Transit ridership in the first quarter of 2017 was 3.1 percent less than the same quarter in 2016, according the American Public Transportation Association's  latest ridership report

Here's how Hyperloop One's massive, high-speed transport system could work

Hyperloop One got a little closer to making its ambitious, high-speed transit system a reality last week.

The Futran Podcar System

The Futran Podcar System is a new class of public transportation referred to as Suspended Automated Transit, and is set to transform the field of public transportation, first in African and then in the rest of the world. 

Metrino (Dubai)

Video of a Metrino system in Dubai

What are Automated Transit Networks?

Peter Muller, President of PRT Consulting, and one of Smart Commute's expert speakers from our Transportation Forum, presented a concept for an Automated Transit Network in the north metro.  

11 futuristic vehicles that could fundamentally transform how we travel

Transportation is undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history. From self-driving cars to the Hyperloop, companies are investing in new ways for humans to get from point A to point B more efficiently. 

Young's Proposals Include Suing Car Insurers for 'Racist Redlining'

...His plans also calls for a two-person pod skyTran system, an elevated transit that uses electromagnetic power for personal rapid transit. 

The above links are to articles that appear relevant to advanced transit but no guarantee is made as to their accuracy and no verification of the integrity of the associated websites has been made.


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