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                 January 2017
From the President....

Reflecting on 2016, these are some of ATRA's accomplishments:

Defined advanced transit as: Automated public mobility service that is on-demand, quick reliable, affordable and sustainable

Held the Technix Conference in DC

Published a new video explaining what ATRA is about and believes in.

Presented at numerous conferences on the topic of advanced transit.

Presented the ATRA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Transit

Recorded a TRB Webinar titled Automated Transit - Future Impacts on the Built Environment

Jointly held the 10th Annual Podcar City Conference in Antwerp, Belgium. The conference included a visit to the Rivium ATN system which has been doing what Ollie is now doing since 1999. Held a joint meeting with the ATRA Industry Group.

Presented the Martin Lowson Award for student papers on advanced transit.

Undertook an ongoing initiative to update the ASCE Automated People Movers Standards to better accommodate automated transit networks.

Met with the FTA and NHTSA to educate about and promote the consideration of advanced transit.

Submitted three research ideas in response to FTA's public outreach. They were voted the top three of all submittals.

Our Academic Council members are working on a number of studies and initiatives.

Issued the monthly Transit Pulse free email newsletter.

Mailed about 1,000 informational letters to US transit agencies and local authorities.

If you are interested in furthering advanced transit and are not already a member, please join ATRA. Also please consider attending Podcar City 11 in Las Vegas late this year.

2017 membership dues can be paid on the ATRA website. To reflect the increased budget needed to support ATRA's more active role, Individual membership is now $100. Seniors still get a $10 discount and student rates are unchanged.

Best wishes to you and yours for the Holiday Season.

Peter Muller
As always, enjoy reading!

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

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Metropolitan mobility is failing in five key areas:
  1. Congestion costs Americans $124 billion a year
  2. The typical American city dweller can only reach 30% of jobs in 90 minutes on public transport
  3. The highway fatality rate is rising despite new automated driver-assist functions
  4. Pavements take up 50% of suburban land space
  5. $170 billion is needed annually to significantly improve roads and only $91 billion is available.
In short, metropolitan mobility is unreliable, unsafe and not widely available. The very infrastructure on which it is based takes up an enormous amount of land space and is crumbling, with no real prospect of being adequately rebuilt in the near future.


Dutch technology company 2getthere, which specializes in the development of automated vehicles, is set to open a new office in Silicon Valley in January 2017. Read more...

Project update: December 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update on where we are with the GATEway project. Read more...

Next Future Transportation and BestMile are teaming up to deliver the next-generation autonomous mobility solution



Efforts to build the first Hyperloop network in the United Arab Emirates have received a boost, after officials signed an agreement with a U.S. startup developing the ultra-fast transport system. Read more...


The SkyWay group of companies presents a new video about the demonstration center of the SkyWay technologies. The video contains a detailed description and improved version of 3D-visualization of EcoTechnoPark. Read more...

Abu Dhabi signs agreement on futuristic transport system

Abu Dhabi has signed the United Arab Emirates' second hyperloop feasibility study to build a futuristic high-speed transport system connecting the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Read more...

Wait for Delhi-Gurugram pod taxi gets longer

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's pet project of a pod taxi service is unlikely to take off soon. The minister has been talking about a seamless ride to millennium city Gurugram from Delhi's Dhaula Kuan on a metrino or a pod taxi. Read more...

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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December 2016 - In this Issue
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PodcarCity9 Session Papers and Videos available.

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