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                 February 2017
From the President....
At their meeting February 9 - 10, 2017 in Las Vegas the American Society of Civil Engineers APM Standards Committee took the significant step of accepting ATRA's request to do away with the "Brick Wall" stopping requirement and replace it with something more acceptable to modern automated vehicles. This requirement originated from the railroad industry and essentially limits reducing headways (time between vehicles) below about 3 seconds at 30 mph. Furthermore, headways get even higher at higher speeds. 

Gene Nishinaga, who assisted in getting the change accepted, says his company, Transit Control Solutions, is developing control software that can achieve headways as low as one second at 60 mph if compliance with the "Brick Wall" criterion is removed. This effectively trebles capacity at double the speed. 

This change helps put driverless transit on a par with driverless cars. However, the change has to be put out for full-committee ballot and public comment before it can be officially adopted. If adopted, it will be included in the 2018 edition of the APM Standards.

You are invited to attend an ATRA Board meeting by telephone on Thursday, February 23rd 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To call toll-free from the US, Canada or Mexico dial +1-866-676-8817. Conference ID number 61223122. Email [email protected] for additional numbers.

Peter Muller
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President
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