November 2018
From the President
Greetings! I am in the middle of a lot of traveling to do with PRT. Two overseas trips related to a large PRT project and then a trip for me and my wife to China (sponsored by ATRA member TubeNet Transit) over Christmas to present at a conference near Shanghai. Exciting times! I hope to soon be in a position to tell you more. For now, let's just say that the US and Europe are being left in the dust with respect to large PRT deployments. (Hint: There is much more going on in this industry than is being published).

William Alden died last week at the age of 92. He was the original inventor behind the Morgantown PRT system. I had the honor of dining with him and learning a lot from him one evening during an ATRA conference in Morgantown years ago. More recently, he was attempting to work with Boston Logan Airport on a driverless shuttle serving parking facilities. He will be missed. In my opinion ATRA and PRT proponents made a huge mistake whenever they tried to separate PRT from the Morgantown system. Even though it was really GRT and had significant teething problems, it has done an exemplary job of proving PRT operational and safety capabilities. It is still the largest "PRT" system in the world.
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, ATRA President
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