The Academic Council was officially formed in 2014. Its vision, mission, membership fees and benefits are listed below. Sensing much new interest in advanced transit, AC is inviting institutions to join as we seek new paths forward for automated mobility in our society.
So far the Academic Council has participated in or instituted
- A $500.00 annual student paper award
- $2,000.00 grant to San Jose state with their work on solar powered automated transit networks
- Yearly participation in the TRB/AUVSI Automated Vehicles symposium, organizing the transit and shared mobility breakout session, and this past summer additional transit themes in other breakout sessions
- An all day workshop sponsored by : UCDavis, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Southern California Association of Governments, ARUP, Kimley Horn, Fehr & Peers, and NCIT, National Center for Intermodal Transportation. The workshop committee focused the event on assisting Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) in their efforts to address these new automated technologies
- An NSF Sustainability Research Networks competition grant application with San Jose state taking the lead
- Presentations at the PodCar city conference
- and so much more!!
An ongoing, active, worldwide forum of researchers interested in the study and development of automated mobility for public conveyance including automated transit networks (ATNs). This will serve as a foundation for research through problem statements, proposals, pursuit of grants, conduct of research, critical review of academic works, experimentation and testing, and data collection and analysis.
To connect researchers to high-level resources, funding, and publication tools while supporting a global, academic foundation for research and development of automated and networked public transit systems. To create a forum for academic council members for sharing information and the dissemination of ATN research literature. The Council would ultimately establish or participate with research centres for experimentation, analysis, testing, and documentation of ATN networks.
The regular institutional membership rate is $500 per year, which includes individual memberships for five faculty and staff, and an unlimited number of undergraduate and graduate students from the institution. New members of the Academic Council receive a 30% discount for the first year, making the rate only $350.
For more information on the ATRA Academic Council, feel free to contact the ATRA Academic Council Chairperson: Shannon Sanders McDonald, Southern Illinois University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Memberships also include all the Individual member benefits for the Faculty/Staff/Students provided and more:
- Contacts with a wide variety of transportation professionals specifically interested in automated transit
- Discounts on registration fees for ATRA sponsored APM and PRT conferences
- Discount on registration fees for PodcarCity Conferences
- Access to ATRA information papers, documents, studies, blog, and website
- Subscription to the ATRA Pulse monthly e-Newsletter
- Knowledge that you are building a global alliance of supporters of innovative transportation technologies
- Satisfaction in advancing transit and urban life and working with peers to meet the 21st century transportation needs!
To join, please complete the Membership information on our membership page.
Our Membership Coordinator will contact you with details and instructions on how we can assist your school in taking advantage of your ATRA Membership.