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                 May 2017
From the President....

This morning I gave a talk on ATN to over 400 Middle Schoolers. What a pleasure! After being introduced by my grandson, I made my little pitch to a rapt audience that paid close attention and applauded by clicking their fingers (much less disruptive than clapping). Then, after "turning and talking" to their neighbors, they asked some of the best questions I have heard.

Tomorrow I am off to Princeton for the SmartDrivingCars Summit which has an agenda packed with interesting and knowledgeable people.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President
The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA)

Chapter Two by Dr J. Edward Anderson

1977 - The Second Year

In the US DOT:
Secretary Brock Adams endorsed giving communities broad latitude.

UMTA is calling for proposals to evaluate the socio-economic impacts of AGT.

UMTA released a publication entitled "People Movement for Downtown Improvement." Read more...
Bangalore's civic body wants to run pod taxis in the city

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is currently mulling over its plans to start pod taxis in the city. The corporation has even decided six stretches where the pod taxi concept can be implemented, totalling to a coverage area of up to 35.5 km. Read more...

After Namma Metro, Bengaluru may get Pod C
ars for public transport 

While the date of the opening of Phase 1 of Namma Metro may be known soon, the BBMP is already setting its eyes on a futuristic mode of transport -Personal Rapid Transit system. Read more...

The anticipated onslaught of commuters to and from Mountain View's Google Inc.-dominated North Bayshore area has prompted city officials to think outside the box - or in this case, off the road. Read more...

Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World to have two new rides this year

...Further potential development plans for the island include an aerial cable car network to take visitors around the different attractions.

Al Zaabi told Arabian Business that talks were ongoing with California-based skyTran, which has developed an elevated, Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system that can ferry people to different places at high-speed and with minimal environmental impact.

Fairwood joins hands with UK's Ultra for urban mobility

NEW DELHI: Fairwood Group today said it has teamed up with Ultra PRT of the UK to provide next generation technology-enabled urban mobility systems in India. Read more...

PRT, the Often Overlooked Automated Vehicle System

Over the past few years you can barely open a newspaper or watch a newscast and not hear automated and autonomous vehicles mentioned. One form of automated vehicles have been carrying passengers since 1975.  West Virginia University 's  personal rapid transit system  connects three campuses and  downtown Morgantown . New systems are being developed elsewhere in the world, primarily in Asia and the Middle East. Listen to more...
Delhi: Government plans elevated parallel highway to Indira Gandhi International Airport

...Meanwhile work on the ambitious Rs 800 crore pilot pod taxi project - also known as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) or Metrino - is also likely to start soon.

Community Benefits of Personal Rapid Transit

Better public Transportation

Personal rapid transit (PRT) systems offer short walking distances and waiting times with nonstop, seated travel, all at relatively low capital and operating costs. Elevated guideways help reduce surface traffic.

Autonomous public bus to be launched by 2020

SINGAPORE - A consortium led by ST Kinetics will launch an autonomous public bus by October 2020.
The team, which includes the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Institute of Technology, will also launch a driverless on-demand minibus on Sentosa in 2018. Read more...

PRT will run on modified schedule

MORGANTOWN - Beginning April 10, the WVU Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) will operate on a modified schedule to support the ongoing multimillion-dollar modernization activities and perform tests on the new automatic train control system. 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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