Personal Rapid Transit News (March 2012)

This page provides breaking news related to automated transit networks (ATN – an umbrella term for PRT and GRT systems) along with links where available.

news_et3Rewriting The Rules of High Speed Travel

A licensing organization called ET3 believes that [traveling from New York to London in less than an hour]… isn’t far off. They hold a patent to Evacuated Tube Technology or ETT and say that with their tubes, you will eventually be able to get you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours and from New York to London in less than an hour. Read more…

news_RaleighRaleigh group proposes electric transit on elevated tracks

Raleigh, N.C. — About 67 million vehicles pass through a 2-mile radius around the North Hills development in Raleigh each year, causing traffic delays, parking problems and other headaches for drivers. A new public transit option could take a chunk of that congestion off the road.
Raleigh, N.C. — About 67 million vehicles pass through a 2-mile radius around the North Hills development in Raleigh each year, causing traffic delays, parking problems and other headaches for drivers. A new public transit option could take a chunk of that congestion off the road. Read more…

news_FreedomFreedom Transit Sustainable Transportation launches website featuring a dual mode concept

Freedom Transit is a new green technology providing sustainable transportation systems.  Solar Transportation Technologies is developing an electric based transportation mode for both passengers and freight. Read more…

news_IETUltra Personal Rapid Transit at Heathrow and Beyond
Lecture. In late 2011 Heathrow Airport unveiled the Heathrow pod, the airport’s most innovative transport system and the first new example of transit technology in 100 years. This lecture will give an overview of the new Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, how it operates and Ultra’s experience in introducing the system at Heathrow.  Read more . . .

news_ULTra 4 vehiclesPod-cars to link major work centres

The city [Thiruvananthapuram] can soon look forward to automated driverless battery-operated podcars running on elevated guideways linking bus and rail terminals at Thampanoor and East Fort with major work centres. Read more…

news_magnovateMagnovate Technologies launches website featuring maglev PRT

Magline facilitates inter city PRT travel at 300 km/hr and intra city travel at 150km/hr.Travel in privacy and quiet; work on your laptop or other device; or have meeting or personal conversation. Read more…

news_morgantown03Feds say WVU good workplace for commuters.

The university’s commuter benefits program includes free access to the Personal Rapid Transit system and Mountain Line transit, bicycle storage facilities and carpool and van pool programs.  Read more . . .

news_ultra_global_logoHeathrow sweeps the board at British Parking Awards 2012

The UK’s largest hub airport walked away with The Equita Overall Award – which recognizes the ‘Best of the Best’ in car park management – plus both the Parking & the Environment Award and the Innovation Award for its revolutionary Heathrow Pods. Read more . . .

news_heathrow09Google and Mountain View May Pursue “Personal Rapid Transit” To Solve Commute Congestion.

…as Google contemplates its first major “campus,” the City of Mountain View is looking to innovation – the coin of the realm in the Silicon Valley – to help Googlites get to work. Even if it means building a rail system that transports individual commuters around town in little capsules.  Read more . . .

news_ULTra10Major funds for city projects in the Budget.

The pet projects of the capital city, including Vizhinjam Container Transhipment Terminal, mono rail and personal rapid transport system projects, have found major allocations in the annual state budget for 2012-13 presented by Finance Minister K.M. Mani on Monday.  Read more . . .

news_cyberAutomated vehicles: the future of urban mobility?

A new kind of automobile— the automated “cybercar”— could be the answer to urban mobility challenges, said Michel Parent at the CTS Winter Luncheon on February 14.  Read more . . .

news_MtownSection of WVU PRT Track Vandalized in Morgantown.

Service on West Virginia University’s PRT system was limited Friday after a section of the track was vandalized overnight. The track between the Beechurst and Engineering stations was closed all morning as crews worked to repair the track. Read more . . .

news_ULTra 4 vehiclesNew mode of transport a distant dream for Walled City.

JAIPUR: The possibilities of Pink City witnessing a new mode of public transport in the form of Personal Rapid Transit System (PRTS) seem to be dim. Reason — the company that had earlier given a presentation of the project, has now asked the state government to first sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before it submits a feasibility report on the project. Read more.

news_atraMarch 22: ATN Seminar.

David Holdcroft and David Little will be speakers at the Automated Transit Network seminar. The seminar will be held at the University of Maryland (building and hall to be announced), commencing at 10AM. Advanced Transit Association.

Go to PRT Information/PRT News for archived news prior to March 2012.

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