July 2019
From the President
Greetings! News from China is starting to dribble out (see Other News). Rest assured, there is much more going on behind the scenes in China and elsewhere.

Last month I told you about this year’s Podcar City Conference, November 5 – 6 San Jose, California and said that, "by being an ATRA member, you will be able to save $180 on the cost of registration!" I should have added that non-ATRA members can get the same discount plus a free one-year individual membership of ATRA (a $100 value) by joining ATRA.
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President
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History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (28)
by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

2003 – The Twenty-Eigth Year.

Other News
UltraPRT, UK signs First PRT Project in Jilin Province, China

Unfortunately, the video is in Chinese 

‘Pasig-Marikina river viaduct best way to ease Metro traffic’
President Rodrigo Duterte should consider the proposed construction of the Integrated Pasig River Viaduct Elevated Highway and Personal Rapid System as an ultimate solution to Metro Manila’s worsening traffic congestion.

Changing the way we commute, together.

Everyone will benefit from a safer, faster, and more enjoyable commute. We are taking on the challenge to make this happen.

What do you think? Could this be a PRT system?
HS2 reveals designs for automated ‘people mover’
HS2 has unveiled the visuals for its new ‘people mover’ which will provide a fast and frequent transport connection between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull through to Birmingham Airport in just six minutes.

Here is a potential opportunity for PRT/GRT providers
Bid #RFI 2019-DOT-PPD-4 - New Transit Options: Airport-Diridon-Stevens Creek Transit Connection
The City of San Jose (City) and its partners, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), City of Cupertino, and City of Santa Clara, are soliciting information to learn how new technologies, business and operational practices, and project delivery methods can introduce competitive transit options in the near future, particularly for the following two major routes:

Diridon Transit Station to Mineta San Jose International Airport (Airport Connector)

Diridon Transit Station along the Stevens Creek Blvd Corridor to De Anza College (Stevens Creek Line)

City of San José
Automated Guideway Transit
Final Report
...There is sufficient potential demand to justify the construction and operation of an
Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system between Diridon Station and the Airport...An Automated Transit Network would be the most appropriate AGT technology choice to serve the Diridon-to-Airport corridor, given the potential demand and characteristics of the
market identified in this study...

Owner of futuristic pod transit system - Transit X - is wooing communities across the world
Mike Stanley believes he has the solution to the ever-growing traffic congestion and safety problems on roads across the world.

Solar-powered podcars.

Stanley is pitching his concept of a public transportation system using elliptical-shaped, futuristic pods that are suspended under a thin rail about 14-feet above street level to create safer, greener transportation. He founded Transit X in 2015 after several snowstorms crippled travel in the Northeast.

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