Breaking news related to automated transit networks (ATN – an umbrella term for personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) systems, also known as podcars), along with links where available. Reader beware: we publish links to articles that appear to be newsworthy, without concern as to whether or not they are for or against PRT and without checking their sources. Comment directly on the original article, not here.
Unfortunately, the pod car never took off
Mountain View residents who may have dreamed of seeing a space-age transportation system of “pod cars” strung along Shoreline Boulevard between downtown and the North Bayshore had to be disappointed when the City Council pulled the plug on a small investment in the experimental system proposed by SkyTran. Read More…
WVU finance committee gets update on athletic facilities plan, PRT modernization
Significant facilities improvements and investments are in store for West Virginia University athletic facilities and the Personal Rapid Transit system, pending Board of Governors approval at the April 4 meeting as well as further authorization from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission at its April meeting. Read More..
The Heathrow Pod
The Heathrow pod is Ultra Global’s innovative Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system at London’s Heathrow Airport, the service provides passengers transport between the airport’s Terminal 5 and a designated business car park. The PRT system has been open since May 2011 and has carried close to a million passengers. Mark Griffiths is Ultra Global’s Head of Operations and has been in charge of the team of controllers and technicians responsible for the day to day running of the system. Some of the stats from the system include:
- Saved 200 tonnes of Co2 from the previous bus service
- Has taken 70,000 bus journeys off of Heathrow’s congested roads each year
- Has been voted the best passenger service on the airport campus
- The pods at Heathrow have travelled over 2 million autonomous kilometres …Read More…
SP body seeks detailed info on transport system
THE City Council’s committee on transportation has requested Polish inventor Ollie Mikosza, proponent of the Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation (Mister), an elevated rail personal rapid transfer system (PRT), to provide them a much more detailed information on the new transportation system. The Mister-PRT system is a “high level mini-taxi” service where small, fully automatic, air-conditioned, driverless, and light weight pods are propelled by pollution-free motors. Read More…
Mountain View passes on funding pod car project
The Mountain View City Council isn’t interested in becoming a crusader for pod car technology. The council reached that conclusion following a discussion Tuesday night about a request by skyTran, a Mountain View-based firm developing “personal rapid transit” technology, to participate in talks about creating a $750,000 federal grant program to fund a proof of concept demonstration project. Read More..
Make-or-break council decision on pod cars tonight
Tonight City Council members will decide what to do about their longstanding interest in having an automated transit network in Mountain View. The futuristic idea is being raised as a way to deal with traffic congestion in Google’s neighborhood north of Highway 101, where 3.4 million square feet of new offices could be built under a land use plan the council is considering this year. Read More….
West Virginia transportation system inspires Lubbock monorail idea
Morgantown PRT system costs $5.5 million per year to operate; funded by mix of federal money, student fees and rider fares. Texas Tech and Lubbock developers aren’t the first from a large university or a medium-sized city to consider campus-to-downtown transit. Big 12 rival West Virginia University has had a system designed to do just that in place for three decades. WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit system is a public transportation service that connects downtown Morgantown with the university’s three campuses. Students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, use it. It’s funded largely by student fees, and it’s working, administrators say. Read More…
Mountain View at a crossroads with pod cars
The Mountain View City Council is set next week to consider ramping up the city’s involvement in the development of so-called pod cars as one potential solution to local gridlock. SkyTran, a Mountain View-based firm developing “personal rapid transit” and “automated transit network” technologies, is looking for the city to back its efforts to build a “proof-of-concept” demonstration project at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. Read More…
The Next Bold Step in Transportation: Personal Rapid Transit Systems
Throughout history, speed has been synonymous with greatness. In sports, those who ran the fastest were heroes. In times of war, those with the fastest chariots, ships, planes, and weapons had a significant advantage. In the business world, a company’s competitive edge has typically been formed around speed – quickest delivery, fastest transaction times, or speed of information. With the aid of technology, we’ve found ways to speed up communications – voice, text, email, social networking, and even delivery systems. But we’ve only been able to achieve minor advances in the speed of physically traveling somewhere. Read More…
Proposed transport system tackled today
THE Davao City Council, through the committee on transportation, is set to hold a committee hearing today on the proposal of a Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation to set up an Elevated Rail-Personal Rapid Transit (Mister-PRT) system by Polish inventor Ollie Mikosza, an official said. Based on technical descriptions contained in the proposal, Mister “is a ‘high level mini-taxi’ service where small, fully automatic, air-conditioned, driverless, and light weight pods are propelled by pollution-free motors.” Read More…
Driverless shuttle makes rounds with self-sufficient, 24-hour capability
A driverless shuttle made a brief appearance at the Cottages at Brushy Creek last week to introduce engineers, businessmen and the public to the testing of Induct’s Navia 100 – an all-electric vehicle. A touch screen display illustrates the stops on the course mapped by GPS. Users can summon the shuttle with their smart phones. Navia has zero emissions, can travel at 12.5 mph and carry up to eight passengers. It is fully electric and recharged by induction – using magnetic fields – without the need for cables or human intervention, allowing it to be self-sufficient and run 24 hours a day. Read More….
Makeover Montgomery II, a conference to be held May 8-10, 2014 in Silver Spring Maryland, will include an ATRA presentation showing attendees how PRT can be used to enhance light rail and bus rapid transit. The primary example will be PRT enhancements to the future Montgomery County, Maryland Bus Rapid Transit Network. The PRT network would act as a circulator shuttling passengers from the single BRT stop to their building in the Shady Grove complex. Read more…
Video: The future of driverless transport is hiding at Heathrow
Driverless vehicles are either the future of motoring or the death knell for public transport, depending on whether you take your travel news from Google or the RMT. But tucked away beyond domestic arrivals at Heathrow is a driverless transport network that has been running successfully for nearly three years and is the first of its kind in the world, with ambitions to be one of Britain’s biggest exports in the industry. Read More, View Video…