October 2018
From the President
Greetings! Yesterday I read this fascinating article about a car-free city in Spain. All they need to make it perfect is more peripheral parking and better transit. I don’t know about the parking, but we could sure help with the transit!

By the way, when I read this long article on my phone, I see it all. On my computer I see an abridged version. I think it will be worth your while to seek it all.

We developed this animation of how a personal rapid transit station could operate in a way that encourages ride-sharing. Please "like" it (if indeed you do).
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, ATRA President
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The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award at the Podcar City Conference, Gavle, Sweden
The fourth Martin Lowson Award, is given in honor of the inventor of the first modern PRT system, and encourages young researchers to perform high quality research in the field of Automated Transit Systems (ATN). This year the award has been presented to Ing.Jessaï Arakelian-von Freeden for his Master thesis entitled ”The feasibility and benefits of introducing an autonomous minibus on-demand system in rural public transport: A simulation-based analysis”.

Remote Driving over 5G Networks can Support Automated Transit Systems
Automated Vehicles (AVs) have successfully operated on roadways along with conventional traffic in certain limited situations. However, widespread deployment of AVs will require them to operate over routes that include difficult sections, such as left turns across oncoming traffic. They will also have to deal with unplanned events, such as following the directions of a police officer in maneuvering around an accident scene. Fortunately, 5G mobile networks are becoming available that make it practical for a remote human driver to control an AV in situations that its on-board control system cannot handle.

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (19)
by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

1994 – The Nineteenth Year.

CG/LA INFRASTRUCTURE – North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum
Roughly 150 to 200 attendees representing infrastructure leaders from government, finance, engineering, contracting, equipment, technology and services attended this two-day conference.

Other News
Life in a City Without Cars
It may seem odd at a time when the whole world seems focused on electric cars to talk about life in a city without cars of any kind. When Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores became the mayor of Pontevedra, a city in northwestern Spain, in 1999, he immediately set about deleting cars and motorbikes from the downtown area.

Creator of autonomous flying 'pods' wants to bring them to RI
BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) - A Massachusetts entrepreneur believes he has the solution to the world's traffic woes, and it just so happens to come in the form of a "flying" pod.

This Startup Wants To Replace Cars (And Subways) With Elevated Pods
Self-driving cars might not solve the problem of rush-hour traffic, and in cities with some of the worst commutes now–like L.A., where each driver wasted an average of 102 hours stuck in traffic last year–most commuters still don’t choose to take public transportation.

Masdar City launches autonomous shuttle vehicle
Abu Dhabi: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development, officially launched an autonomous shuttle vehicle on Monday.

The autonomous shuttle of NAVYA, a French company, represents the next phase of the city’s sustainable mobility network as it already has a Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system.

Reliance to decide site to build India’s first pod taxi prototype
New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) will finalize the site for India’s first pod taxi prototype, the next generation transportation system, according to the terms of the deal between Reliance and SkyTran, announced last week. Pod taxi is a driverless personal rapid transit system, which runs along a predetermined course either through overhead suspension or magnetic levitation.

Automated Transit Network Feasibility Study
Automated Transit Network Feasibility Study for Clemson, Greenville and Mauldin accepted by Greenville, Pickens Area Transportation Study. 

Reliance aims to pilot personal rapid transit systems based on magnetic levitation in India
Imagine travelling in a magnetically levitating two-people pod, above the bustling city traffic, without the hustle of daily commute, pollution and frustration. This futuristic way of travel could soon become a reality in India thanks to Reliance Industries’ (RIL) strategic investment in US-based personal rapid transit company SkyTran. 

Reliance Industries acquires 12.7% stake in personal rapid transit company SkytranI 
Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), today acquired 12.7 per cent shareholding in SkyTran Inc. SkyTran is a US-based technology company which aims to solve traffic congestion by introducing personal rapid transit systems. 

PRT passenger misconduct could result in suspension or expulsion
WVU has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for misconduct on the PRT with possible repercussions of suspensions and expulsions.

According to a Monday WVU news release, the misconduct that could result in suspension or expulsion includes the following:

Most still drive in demarcated areas, in public transport only with a competent co-driver on board, although they generally manage well on their own. We are talking about highly automated shuttle buses or trucks that are constantly expanding their autonomy – function by function. 2getthere, a pioneer in autonomous passenger shuttles based in the Netherlands, has now signed a contract to change this. 

Henry County may pilot new above-ground, $1.4B transit system
Henry County residents may soon be the first in the U.S. to benefit from a futuristic transportation mode evoking comparisons to the 1960s sci-fi animated TV series “The Jetsons.”

Catch a solar pod to commute in Fayette?
The Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Transportation Committee will hold a joint meeting Oct. 2 at Peachtree City Hall to discuss a completely different mode of transportation — flying solar pods from Boston-based Transit X..

Austin airport reveals 20-year master plan and current concourse, gate expansion
AUSTIN — In the next 20 years, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is expected to look a lot different. Imagine the Austin airport with double the amount of parking spaces, gates and even another baggage claim...The plan also includes personal rapid transit that'll take you from security to the terminal...

How personal rapid transit works
This web page explains personal rapid transit operations. It includes an animation showing how a PRT station could be organized to promote ride-sharing with a tiered fare structure (pay per vehicle or per ride).

Automated Transit Applications
Real-World Examples
The rapid development of driverless cars by Google and others not only grabbed the attention of the general public, researchers, and government agencies, it also created the opportunity for a thorough examination of automated transit applications and their impact on and implications for society.

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.

Editorial comments are in italics.
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