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From the President....
  Modutram has updated their website to include new videos of their system in action. They have done a great job of showing an urban ATN station in use. You need to watch a few times to see everything that is happening. I recently visited this station and rode vehicles at their test track in Guadalajara. I can verify that what you see is what you get. 

Fasten your seatbelts because 2getthere has a number of projects brewing and I think Modutram could soon be in a similar situation. There are currently about 150 ATN vehicles in public service around the world. Over the last five or six years the growth rate has averaged around 12 vehicles per year. I expect we will soon see that rate jumping to about 50 a year. After that, who knows?

Peter Muller
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President
Garvey: Gondola Study Results 'Interesting'

Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey says the county will be reviewing the findings of a study on the potential for a Rosslyn-Georgetown gondola system, which was released this morning. Read more...

All aboard! Singapore will begin self-driving bus trials: Autonomous vehicles could ease congestion

In 2015, Singapore was named one of the 12 most technologically advanced countries in the world.
And the country's latest project shows that it is still at the forefront of innovative technology. Read more...

Remarkable 24-Seat Driverless Cabs Are Arriving in Singapore

SMRT Services is bringing fully automated public cabs to the streets of Singapore. The slick, autonomous cabs will carry up to 24 passengers, travel at up to 40 kph, are fully electrical, and will be equipped with safety and obstacle avoidance systems. Read more...

PERSPECTIVE: India must think outside the pod  

The National Highways Authority of India has been entrusted with developing India's first Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network or pod taxis, to be named Metrino. Read more...

Huge potential Central Texas investments emerge from Chinese summit in Austin

Hundreds of millions of dollars in investment have tentatively been secured for Central Texas projects as a result of the Texas-China Investment Summit held last week in Austin, event organizers disclosed Thursday.

Selangor aims for 446km of public transport coverage by 2035

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 - The Selangor government's transportation master plan is targeting to provide public transport access over 446km across the state by 2035, at an expected cost of RM64 billion. 

Personal Rapid Transit option unveiled for proposed Glasgow Airport rail link

Plans have been unveiled for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system which would take travellers from a new station in Paisley to Glasgow Airport if a scheme by Junction 29 (Scotland) Ltd  is chosen as the preferred option for a new airport rail link. Read more...

Cut down commuting time to increase productivity

THE Selangor government has unveiled a transportation master plan incorporating light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), personal rapid transit (PRT), mass rapid transit (MRT) and a new KTM freight line, totalling 316km. Read more...

skyTran Appoints John Cole as New CEO

skyTran® Inc., headquartered at the NASA Research Park (NRP) in the heart of Silicon Valley, announces that Mr. John Cole has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Board of Directors. The move was made to meet the needs of the company as it rapidly expands across the globe. In its decision, the skyTran Board of Directors recognized Mr. Cole has the right blend of experience and skills for the top position. Former CEO, Jerry Sanders, will remain on the Board of Directors. Read more...

This Canadian Hyperloop Concept Features a Faux Sunroof

THE BATTLE TO  bring  Hyperloop , Elon Musk's vision for zipping around the country in something akin to pneumatic tubes, encourages aggressive timelines. If the companies developing the high-speed system are to be believed, you'll see test tracks and working prototypes within a year, and lines running by the end of the decade.

A Revolution That Didn't Happen: Personal Rapid Transit

This is a story about a revolution that never happened.
In 1975, a novel transportation system called Personal Rapid Transit, or PRT for short, started operating in  Morgantown, W.Va. It was supposed to usher in a new age of public transit.
It didn't.

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