October 2021
From the President
Greetings! here is an opportunity for us to influence how transit grants are funded. The Federal Transit Administration is seeking suggestions from all transit stakeholders on improvements that could be made to the evaluation process for projects seeking funding from the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. Specifically, FTA seeks input on evaluation measures and data sources that can better capture the benefits and costs of transit and how the CIG program can facilitate outcomes that maximize those benefits.

ATRA plans to submit its suggestions in response to this request for information (RFI) and your help is needed! Please review the RFI and let me have your ideas by Monday October 11.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President
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Longer waits possible on PRT due to power outages
The PRT could have longer waits for passengers due to a pair of power outages earlier this week.

The outages have forced operators to change how the system runs.

The PRT is currently running on schedule mode, not demand mode.

This mean all PRT routes will run on a schedule and not at the request of passengers.

Digital signs on the platform are not in service. These are used to show where a PRT car was headed.

Coventry-made driverless bus starts real world trials in Solihull
Solihull has become one of the first places in the UK to see driverless vehicles take to its roads with a Coventry-made autonomous bus.

Solihull Council has become the first local authority in the country to purchase its own fully electric autonomous shuttle from Coventry-based Aurrigo, which it will initially be trialling at the NEC over the next four weeks.

I am shocked that this thing will be allowed on public streets! Imagine the impact on a pedestrian hit by those sharp edges! To say nothing about how ugly it is IMHO.
WVU employees and students required to swipe their WVUID to ride the PRT
Beginning Monday (Sept. 13), faculty, staff and students will be required to swipe their WVUID card to ride the Personal Rapid Transit system. 

Riding the PRT is still free for WVU students and employees; however, members of the public will be required to pay the standard 50-cent fee to ride the PRT beginning Monday.

Self-proclaimed ‘daredevil’ jumps on PRT tracks
It was an evening like any other at the Towers PRT station until one passenger jumped onto the tracks.

The self-proclaimed “daredevil” then told responding officers from the WVU Police Department that he “likes the thrill of doing things he should not do.”

This happens every year, said WVU transportation director Jeremy Evans.

Driverless pod car between Jewar airport & amusement park in Film City: Plan details
NOIDA: UP government is planning a driverless personal rapid transit (PRT) linking Jewar airport to a proposed amusement park in the upcoming Film City in Greater Noida’s Sector 21 by 2024-25.

Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025
You don’t need to work in a big city to know that the morning rush hour is a tricky business all of its own. This is especially true in large cities in Japan: trains, cars, and buses alike vie for space in the cityscape, and the crowded public transport systems have become an especially glaring issue in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet the PRT Brigade, WVU’s crack squad of confusion fighters
Andrew Kim sits next to a large “Ask Me” sign at a picnic table near the exit to the Beechurst station on the Personal Rapid Transit system earlier this week. A student walks down the stairs and asks him a question.

“How do you get to Beechurst?” the student asks.

“I’m like, ‘you’re at Beechurst,’” Kim recalls with a laugh. “But they were talking about the street. Like how do you get to Beechurst? Just walk down the ramp.”

Nation's largest self-driving electric shuttle network launches
GOLDEN, Colo. — The country’s biggest fleet of low-speed, self-driving electric shuttles hit the road on Tuesday in a major step forward for the electric vehicle sector.

The unveiling here adds momentum to an industry that is poised to get a significant boost from the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress.

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