April 2020
From the President
Greetings! I have been a big proponent of ridesharing and moving away from the “personal” part of personal rapid transit. Corona Virus-induced social distancing now puts the emphasis back on “personal”. PRT has the huge advantage over conventional modes in that few, if any, of the operators need be exposed to passengers. It also has the advantage that, even if designed for ridesharing, it can operate in a way that restricts each vehicle to a party already travelling together. This will be less cost-effective than ridesharing but should still be more cost-effective than conventional transit. Vehicles can be frequently disinfected and can be fitted with sanitizing wipe dispensers so passengers can help keep them sanitized.

Elevated PRT is already resilient to flooding. Now it turns out PRT is also resilient to pandemics. It seems the only real weakness PRT has is that transportation planners just do not understand it as evidenced by many flawed studies and the latest technology rankings in the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President
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History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 29 (2004)
by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

2004 – The Twenty-Ninth Year.

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RIL raises stake in US-based SkyTran to 26.3%
MUMBAI: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has increased its stake in US-based SkyTran Inc, a venture-funded technology company that develops pod car transport systems.

RTD Is In Crisis—What Went Wrong?
RTD wanted to transform how people in the Denver metro area get around. But more than 50 years after it began, most people still drive, pollution persists, and the agency is in crisis. I went back to its beginning to find out how—and when—the problems started.

Imagine where RTD would be now had they stuck with the PRT plan!
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