August 2021
From the President
Greetings! I have come to understand the public transportation issues in Kigali, Rwanda quite well over the last few years. While there is congestion and the level of bus service is low (long lines and slow speeds), motorcycle taxis (motos) provide quick, convenient (but unsafe and polluting) service if you can afford it. What I am now learning is that the conditions in Kigali are far better than those in many of the other larger cities in Africa.

These cities often have horrendous congestion and very disorganized public transportation - frequently run by private companies and sometimes by organized crime. Passenger safety is more about being robbed than being in an accident. On top of all this the road infrastructure is crumbing and governments cannot afford to repair it. These cities are choking (literally and figuratively) to death for want of good clean transit.

This is an example of where ATN's need for its own infrastructure is an advantage. A new, long-lasting, above-ground infrastructure supporting reliable and affordable mobility service that incorporates intelligent CCTV safety and security monitoring could be a life saver for these cities.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President
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West Virginia University’s PRT system reopened Monday after over a year of COVID-19 closure and now offers several new features to passengers.

For decades, the PRT has served as the primary form of transportation for students on campus, but for the first time this semester, roughly half of the undergraduate population will have never ridden before.

And while the shutdown of the PRT was an inconvenience for students, Jeremy Evans, director of transportation, said it allowed his department to catch up on routine maintenance and track repairs.

The three concepts unveiled for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro in full
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These futuristic pods could help cities solve their traffic problems
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From the outside, the electrically powered pods are glossy white while the interiors are designed to feel like a first-class airline suite, including mood lighting, lounge music and floor-to-ceiling windows. With two padded armchairs and two foldable seats, the vehicle being tested can carry up to four passengers.

Note that this system seems more like a ropeway than like ATN. It may be good for quick linear service.
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