Advanced transit systems have a considerable history – where the concept was perceived in the 50’s it wasn’t until the 90s that technology became simple and affordable enough for multiple applications to be realized. The advanced transit systems are enjoying an increased interest as market parties and decision makers are learning from the launching customers and the experiences with the installed based.
Please find below the various applications, categorized as ‘operational’ and ‘under development’.
Morgantown: The very first in the ‘70s is still operational today, with modifications taking place to optimize and improve the system. The application consists of 71 vehicles accommodating up to 18 passengers per vehicle – although named ‘PRT’ it is configured as a Group Transit application.
Rivium: A unique GRT application in the sense that it is the only system installed at grade, with at grade crossings. With the first generation realized in 1999, the 2nd generation debuted in 2007 with the track extended and additional stations added.
Masdar: November 28th 2010 marked the first day of the operations of the PRT system at Masdar City. The system runs through the ‘undercroft’ providing it multiple lanes of exclusive right-of-way, connecting remote parking and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Heathrow: 21 PRT vehicles facilitate the journey between the stations at the business car park and Terminal 5. The system’s infrastructure is smoothly interwoven in between the access roads to the terminal. It greatly improves the link and offers a superior service to travellers.
Suncheon: Now branded ‘SkyCube’, the 4.64 km long system connects Suncheon’s ‘Dream Bridge’ on the outskirts of the city with the wetland bird reserve in 10 minutes. SkyCube operates a total of 40 vehicles with each one accommodating six to nine passengers.
Amritsar: home to the holiest shrine of Sikhs, the Golden Temple, and rich in historical, religious and heritage sites. A big draw for large numbers of visitors, especially during festivals and religious events, as pilgrims flock to the area. Up to 500,000 people visit the Golden Temple on important religious festival days. The PRT system will ease congestion and reduce the current long travel transit times.