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Federal Aviation Administration


September 16, 2020

  September 12, 2020 Federal Aviation Administration Subject: LGA Access Improvement Project Draft EIS Read more...

An Inventor’s Vision for America


September 9, 2020

by Hengning Wu Book Review by Peter Muller Most of what is written about PRT is too narrowly focused to describe its true potential. An Inventor’s Vision for America by Hengning Wu does not suffer from this prob Read more...

Group Rapid Transit in Tunnels in Las Vegas


August 26, 2020

by Robert Johnson Work started in the Fall of 2019 on an underground Group Rapid Transit system to serve the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).  The project is currently nearing completion.  It h Read more...

PRT Subway System


August 17, 2020

by Jim Schroder Development Manager – Industrial Applications Please see link below for full article : PRT Subway System Read more...

Solar Powered Automated Transportation Network for San José


July 29, 2020

By Burford Furman San José State University 25th JULY 2020 A team of engineers, architects, and urban planners from San José State University, Southern Illinois, and the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation, with support Read more...

Lawrence Joseph Fabian, City Planner, 1945 – 2020


March 23, 2020

Lawrence Joseph Fabian City Planner, 1945 - 2020 Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Fabian of Roscoe, New York, passed away on February 21, 2020 at the age of 74. Born in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of Henry and Julia (Dulski) Fabia Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 29 (2004)


February 28, 2020

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 2004 – The Twenty-Ninth Year. Please click on link below for Year 29 history. Read more...

POD CAR CITY CONFERENCE 2019 San Jose , Nov 5 -6


February 4, 2020

By: Monica Sharma, Masters Architecture Student Architecture Southern Illinois University Please see attachment below for details: Read more...

GRID vs. LINEAR


January 31, 2020

by John Foley, 2020 Please see link below for article: http://www.advancedtransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/GRID-V.-LINEAR.pdf Read more...

IF PRT IS SO GREAT, WHY DON’T WE SEE MORE OF IT?


January 27, 2020

IF PRT IS SO GREAT, WHY DON’T WE SEE MORE OF IT? and how ATRA can help fix this issue by: Peter Muller, ATRA President There are many reasons why PRT has been slow to catch on. They include competition from established transit systems, the Read more...

Are we Trapped by our Own Successes?


November 25, 2019

  by J. Edward Anderson, PhD, P.E. Please click link below for full article: Are we Trapped by our Own Successes? Read more...

A small investment could go a long way towards mitigating climate change and congestion


October 14, 2019

Please see link below for full article:   A SMALL INVESTMENT COULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS MITIGATING CL Read more...

What is PRT ?


September 26, 2019

by  J. Edward Anderson, PhD, P. E.  Please see link below for full article :   Read more...

Delivery Robots can Complement Automated Transit in Reducing Auto Trips


September 18, 2019

by Robert Johnson A key benefit of automated transit is its ability to reduce auto Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and parking requirements. Many of these same benefits can be achieved by using robots operating on sidewalks to de Read more...

PODCAR CITY 2019 – November 5th- 6th 2019


August 23, 2019

ATRA members get a big discount and new members get a year’s free membership in addition! Please see link for details to tickets and information : Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 28 (2003)


July 30, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 2003 – The Twenty-Eighth Year. Please click on link below for Year 28 history. Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 27 (2002)


June 25, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 2002 – The Twenty Seventh Year. Please click on link below for Year 27 history. Read more...

Let’s you and me go for a ride…


June 7, 2019

by John Foley Let’s you and me go for a ride... We have a standing weekly appointment at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. A few minutes before we are due to meet, I walk across the road to the station in the foyer of the Economics Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 26 (2001)


May 20, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 2001 – The Twenty Sixth Year. Please click on link below for Year 26 history. Read more...

My Take on the Current State of Automated Transit Networks


May 10, 2019

By Nathan Koren, Podaris CEO For the past five years, ATNs have been eclipsed by two different hype cycles (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle). Driverless cars is one, and Transportation Network Companies (Uber, Lyft). These have b Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 25 (2000)


April 23, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 2000 – The Twenty Fifth Year. Please click on link below for Year 25 history. Read more...

E-scooters, Advanced Transit Systems and the GHG Intensity Imperative


March 20, 2019

  By Christopher Juniper Recent studies of our economic future with, and without, serious action on climate change generally find huge economic advant Read more...

The History of Advance Transit Association Year 24 (1999)


March 12, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1999 – The Twenty Fourth Year. Please click on link below for Year 24 history. Read more...

Engaging Students and Embracing Change


March 5, 2019

by Shannon Sanders McDonald, AIA Engaging Students and Embracing Change Read more...

The History of Advance Transit Association Year 23 (1998)


February 12, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1998 – The Twenty Third Year. Please click on link below for Year 23 history. Read more...

IS THERE A CASE FOR HIGH SPEED, HIGH CAPACITY ATN/PRT SYSTEMS?


February 4, 2019

by Eugene Nishinaga from the Transit Control Solutions, Inc. conference Please click the here  for the full article : Read more...

Pilot Plan for GreenVillages TOD: A Laurens Road Corridor Multi-modal Transit Project


January 24, 2019

On 07/23/2018, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA, successfully submitted a proposal for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning grant to FTA with assistance from Carolinas Alliance 4 Innovation (CA4 Read more...

Zhejiang International Intelligent Transportation Industry Expo 2018 – Keynote Speech


ATRA President Muller gives keynote at Zhejiang International Intelligent Transportation Industry Expo 2018, Future Transport Conference in Hangzhou, China. Read more...

CES 2019 in review: the future of autonomous vehicles ain’t what it used to be


  Please see link below for full article: CES 2019 in review: the future of autonomous vehicles ain’t what it used to be Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (22)


January 22, 2019

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1997 – The Twenty Second Year. Please click on link below for Ye Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (21)


December 17, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1996 – The Twenty First Year. Please click on link below for Year 21 history. Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (20)


November 22, 2018

  by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1995 – The Twentieth Year. Please click on link below for Year 20 history. Read more...

Solar-Powered Automated Transit – Its Time is NOW !


November 19, 2018

  ATRA Pulse article November, 2018 Please click on link below: Solar-Powered Automated Transit – Its Time is NO Read more...

CG/LA INFRASTRUCTURE – North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum


October 26, 2018

  North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum  October 23, 2018  Peter Muller  Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (19)


October 23, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1994 – The Nineteenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 19 history. Read more...

The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award at the Podcar City Conference, Gavle, Sweden


October 19, 2018

The fourth Martin Lowson Award, is given in honor of the inventor of the first modern PRT system, and encourages young researchers to perform  high quality research in the field of Automated Transit Systems (ATN). This year the award has been pr Read more...

Remote Driving over 5G Networks can Support Automated Transit Systems


October 18, 2018

  by Robert Johnson Automated Vehicles (AVs) have successfully operated on roadways along with conventional traffic in certain limited situations. However, widespread deployment of AVs will require them to operate over routes that incl Read more...

Podcar City Conference 2018 – Planning Automated Shared Mobility


September 20, 2018

For all details of the conference please see link below: PODCAR CITY 2018 Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (18)


September 13, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1993 – The Eighteenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 18 history. Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (17)


August 27, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1992 – The Seventeenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 17 history. Read more...

PRESS RELEASE – Autonomous vehicles at the Rivium business park score high on safety, security and reliability


August 22, 2018

Please see link below for latest PRESS RELEASE from 2getthere. Autonomous vehicles at the Rivium business park score high o Read more...

Market Failures Continue to Plague Transportation Systems, Depressing Demand for Automated Transit Systems


August 15, 2018

By Christopher Juniper ATRA 9 August 2018 Governments continue to flail about wrestling with serious market failures associated with transportation – now including New York City’s moratorium on new for-hire vehicle licenses (e.g. Uber, L Read more...

ATRA contributions at the 2018 APM-ATS Conference


July 22, 2018

  My first Automated People-Mover conferences was Las Colinas in 1993. This biannual conference has since been rebranded APM-ATS to clearly also embrace  Automated Transit Systems such as PRT. The 2018 conference took place in Tampa Flor Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (16)


July 13, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1991 – The Sixteenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 16 history. Read more...

The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award


June 25, 2018

The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award A visionary, inventor and entrepreneur in modern ATN systems ATRA fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transp Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (15)


June 17, 2018

  History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year  by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.  Read more...

Dr. J. Edward Anderson Receives ATRA Award


May 11, 2018

ATRA instituted the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Transit in honor of Read more...

ASCE APM STANDARDS COMMITTEE ACCEPTS ALTERNATIVE TO BRICK WALL STOP


A recent ballot to remove an onerous requirement for ATN systems with offline stations and less than 25 passengers received 24 yes-votes, two abstentions and ze Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (14)


by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1989 – The Fourteenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 14 history. Read more...

Regulations required: safety drives autonomous vehicles market.


April 13, 2018

Authors Sjoerd van der Zwaan (Chief Technology Officer) and Robbert Lohmann (Chief Operations Officer) Please see paper below: Read more...

A Winning Combination


April 5, 2018

  by Shannon Sanders McDonald   Please click link below for the full article: A Winning Combinati Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (13)


  by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1988 – The Thirteenth Year. Please click on link below for Year 13 history. Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (12)


March 2, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1987 – The Twelfth Year. Please click on link below for Year 12 history. Read more...

A Eulogy to Dr. Jarold A. Kieffer (May 5, 1923 – March 22, 2017)


February 5, 2018

  I met Jerry in September 1969 in Minneapolis at the first meeting of a year-long Citizens League study that had been formed to investigate transit alternatives. The local Transit Commission staff had proposed a subway between Minneapoli Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (11)


by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1986 – The Eleventh Year.   In 1986, ATRA reestablished a newsletter. It was described as a forum where members can speak to other members about … the Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (10)


January 3, 2018

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1985 – The Tenth Year. The ATRA Board of Directors met on January 15th in Washington, D. C. Dr. Jarold Kief-fer, ATRA Chairman led a discussion of the Issues C Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (9)


December 15, 2017

  by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1984 – The Ninth Year.   I am not aware of any newsletter issued this year. The activity of note was planning for a series of issue conf Read more...

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Transit


ATRA has instituted the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Transit. The first award was given in 2016 to Prof. em. Jerry Schneider for creating the Innovative Transportation Technologies website.   The next award will be p Read more...

The Third Martin Lowson Paper Award


November 30, 2017

The Third Martin Lowson Paper Award presented at The 2017 Podcar City Conference, Las Vegas, USA The Martin Lowson Award, donated by the Lowson Family, encourages young researchers to perform high-quality research in the field of Automated Tra Read more...

Dedicated Roadways Can Benefit Even Level 5 Automated Transit Vehicles


November 24, 2017

by Robert Johnson Automated passenger vehicles such as people movers at airports currently operate on exclusive guideways. In some systems, the guideway mechanically constrains the vehicles, while in others it is simply an ordinary road set as Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (8)


November 8, 2017

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1983 – The Eighth Year.  ATRA began the year with a balance of $26,158.54, which was sufficient to begin planning a series of workshops, the purpose of which Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (7)


September 29, 2017

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1982 – The Seventh Year. Dr. Jerry Kieffer, as ATRA Board Chairman, wrote to the Board of Director Read more...

Spartan Superway Speeds Ahead


September 9, 2017

an ATRA Pulse Article by BJ Furman 2017-09-08 Article below: ATRA Pulse Article - Superway Speeds Ahead Fall 2017 Read more...

The Driverless Taxi, Driverless Transit Nexus


Peter J. Muller, P.E. Mercedes just announced they will start building driverless taxis in the 2020 – 2025 timeframe. These vehicles will cost far less than conventional taxis to operate and will likely provide an affordable means of transport Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (6)


September 8, 2017

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1981 – The Sixth Year. This spring ATRA elected a new slate of officers. Dr. A. M. (Tony) Yen, Read more...

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (5)


August 8, 2017

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1980 – The Fifth Year. At the beginning of the fifth year, the ATRA Board voted new leadersh Read more...

PRT needs to distinguish by performance from self-driving cars – or submerge in them


July 28, 2017

  Will PRT be able to distinguish itself from self-driving cars? Self-driving cars are believed to be able to run on any paved road, on exclusive lanes or on lanes with mixed traffic, with or without a driver, shared or private. This flex Read more...

International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA


July 27, 2017

International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA November 8-10 2017 in Las Vegas, USA  Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (4)


July 14, 2017

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.   1979 – The Fourth Year   Please see this link below for full article: Read more...

Texas Southern University – Advanced Research


July 11, 2017

Texas Southern University Studying Advancing Research of Automated Roadway Vehicles in Public Transit Applications TSU’s Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR) is working to further research afte Read more...

Synopsis of the 1st Smart Self-Driving Summit


Prepared by Lawrence J. Fabian, Trans.21 Please see link below: http://www.advancedtransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SUMsum.pdf   Read more...

How to Reduce Congestion: An Idea that will not Die!


July 9, 2017

J. Edward Anderson, PhD, P. E. PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Article below: http://www.advanced Read more...

The Third Martin Lowson Paper Award


July 3, 2017

  The Third Martin Lowson Paper Award A visionary, inventor and entrepreneur in modern ATN systems   ATRA fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality Read more...

Self-driving cars will increase road congestion


June 26, 2017

by Ingmar Andreasson Many car companies are already testing self-driving cars on public roads. Governments are changing regulations to permit self-driving to support their car industrie Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (3)


June 12, 2017

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year CHAPTER THREE by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 1978 – The Third Year. Significant Events UMTA Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (2)


May 15, 2017

  Edward Anderson, first ATRA President CHAPTER TWO 1977 – The Second Year. Significant Events In the US DOT Secretary Brock Adams endorsed giving communities broa Read more...

The ATRA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advanced Transit


April 18, 2017

The ATRA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advanced Transit   We are now accepting nominations for the second ATRA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advanced Tra Read more...

The History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (1)


April 7, 2017

by Dr J. Edward Anderson The Formation of ATRA CHAPTER ONE An AGT Society.  A major out Read more...

BLUEWATERS CONTRACT AWARD


March 15, 2017

  Dutch technology firm 2getthere, a world-leading developer of sustainable mobility solutions, has been awarded the contract to deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai .   Link to full article below: Read more...

AEM’s 2050 Challenge


March 10, 2017

ATRA President, Peter Muller was second prize winner in the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Transportation Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge. The competition drew entries from around the world and the five finalis Read more...

A New Transportation Paradigm


January 9, 2017

Author P. Muller Please look at link below for full article. http://www.advancedtransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Muller-A-New Read more...

Proposed Changes to the ASCE APM


November 10, 2016

  This standard addresses automated people movers (APM) which it defines as “a guided transit mode with fully automated operation, featuring vehicles t Read more...

Jerry Schneider: An Academic Ahead of his time


October 5, 2016

  A founding member of ATRA and an academic in the research Read more...

Preliminary Personal Rapid Transit Feasibility Study for Park City, Utah


Summary Prepared by Douglas G. Schmucker, PhD, PE Associate Professor – Lecturer, University of Utah Please clink on the link below for full document details Read more...

Texas Southern University Studying the Impacts of Automated Roadway Vehicles on Public Transit


October 4, 2016

By: J. Sam Lott, P.E. Research Assistant Professor TSU’s Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR) is wel Read more...

Report on the Second Martin Lowson Paper Award


September 26, 2016

   The Second Martin Lowson Award which is donated by the Lowson Familiy, encourages young researchers to perform high qualit Read more...

PODCAR CITY & ADVANCED TRANSIT 2016 – NEWSLETTER / FULL PROGRAM


September 13, 2016

  Podcar City & Advanced Transit  - NEWSLETTER and FULL PROGRAM   Click below for full program and all details : Read more...

SmartTransit 2016 – UPDATE – Letter to ATRA Members


August 11, 2016

LETTER TO ATRA MEMBERS from GLOBAL TRANSPORT FORUM Dear colleague, I am pleased to notify you of ou Read more...

Connect Times at the University of Utah


An article by Peter Muller, President, PRT Consulting, Inc The recent University of Utah Campus Parking and Transportation & Research P Read more...

Podcar City & Advanced Transit – September 19th – 21st 2016


July 21, 2016

Podcar City & Advanced Transit – Automated Mobility on Demand Welcome to three days of Read more...

Four Wins at GSP !


Four Wins at GSP What great new opportunities at GSP! First, new maintenance and carrier contracts sound exciting. And GSP is ideally suited t Read more...

SmartTransit 2016 – THE DEFINITIVE TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY SHOW


SMART TRANSIT are pleased to bring you the 6th annual SmartTransit congress 2016. Now located in Elizabeth, New Jersey SmartTr Read more...

ATRA VIDEO


May 24, 2016

  The Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) is a non-profit organization aimed at increasing the knowledge and under- standing of innovative transit concept Read more...

Greenville County, South Carolina – REGIONAL PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT


May 17, 2016

Author: Jenna Moran “Article courtesy of the National Association of Counties”.   Please follow link below for f Read more...

ATRA Award For Outstanding Contributions To Advanced Transit


May 10, 2016

  ATRA Award For Outstanding Contributions To Advanced Transit   Read more...

The Second Martin Lowson Paper Award


May 9, 2016

The Second Martin Lowson Paper Award A visionary, inventor and entrepreneur in modern ATN systems   Read more...

Automated Vehicle Policy and Regulation – A State Perspective Workshop


April 7, 2016

  Hosts : University of Maryland - National Transportation Center Date: May 18, 2016 Time: 9:00 Read more...

Suburban Office Parks: An Important Application for Last-Mile Automated Transit Networks


March 3, 2016

By Robert Johnson   In recent years, a major change has taken place in what is considered a desirable location for office space, especially in large met Read more...

15th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems


February 29, 2016

  The Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is holding the 15th International Conference on Auto Read more...

Notice to Potential Proposers: Proposed Automated Transit Network


January 25, 2016

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District, Greer, South Carolina, USA, hereby informs potential proposers that it intends to issue a Request fo Read more...

Synergies Between Driverless Transit and Driverless Cars


January 20, 2016

Synergies Between Driverless Transit and Driverless Cars   Ingmar Andreasson, LogistikCentrum AB Read more...

Innovating Automated Transit Technology With Students


January 6, 2016

By Burford Furman Professor, Mechanical Engineering San José State University December, 2015   Read more...

Advanced Transit Systems – Necessary Industry Steps for Further Deployments


January 5, 2016

By Walter Kulyk, P.E.   Proponents of Advanced Transit (AT) system deployments must take bolder and newer steps to help deploy more and better AT sys Read more...

PRESS RELEASE FROM PODARIS


December 7, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: A British company, Podaris Ltd., has announced the first public release of their online transport-planning software, which include Read more...

Proposals for Driverless connections between Stockholm and Lidingö Centre


November 30, 2015

By Göran Tegnér, Transek Company   The municipality of Lidingö is an island northeast of Stockholm inner city with 45,000 inhabitants Read more...

Greetings to the Naysayers !


October 30, 2015

    Article by Alexander Kyllmann       Do you think Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) sounds cool but wil Read more...

WORKSHOP – Transit Vehicle Technology and Their Impact on Sustainable Transport TVT 2016


October 27, 2015

23- 24 April, 2016 - Rome, Italy In conjunction with Read more...

Room To Move


October 7, 2015

Article by Will Ackel Read more...

A Very Brief History of Automation in Transportation


October 6, 2015

Article by : Wayne D. Cottrell, Ph.D. California State University, Long Beach.   Excitement, discussions, and progress continue w Read more...

Technix 2016: Envision Automated Transit (EAT)


September 24, 2015

Hosts: Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), University of Maryland Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT), & Southern Illinois University (SIU)   D Read more...

Getting ATN Systems Developed and Built In America


September 9, 2015

by Dick Gronning. In order to figure out why new transportation systems haven’t come into use since the 1970s, when PRT first came on the s Read more...

The California Infrastructure Institute (CALII)


August 27, 2015

The California Infrastructure Institute (CALII) is a non-profit corporation formed in the public interest to be a catalyst for collaboration between governments, Read more...

Letter to the Editor of San Jose Mercury News – August 14, 2015


August 26, 2015

letter to the Editor of:  San Jose Mercury News August 14, 2015 It's troubling when elected officials who make transportation decisions misrepresent adva Read more...

The Missing Links for a Sustainable Future


July 14, 2015

by Chair Rod Diridon, Sr., US High Speed Rail Association, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute,Chair Read more...

TRB 95th Annual Meeting: Call for Papers


June 9, 2015

Key Considerations for Automated/Driverless Vehicles on the Airport Terminal and Ground Transportation Network The Standing Committee on Airports Term Read more...

Passenger Transport has been changed by ATN Systems


June 8, 2015

Since 1999 Robbert Lohmann, together with 2Getthere, has completely changed the market for automatic passenger transport. In the past, large vehicles follow Read more...

The winner of the first annual Martin Lowson paper award


The winner of the first annual Martin Lowson paper award is: Monica Zarafu, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Due to the generous support from the Lowson family, an annual student paper award has been established. The late Martin L Read more...

Beyond Traffic – Choosing the Future


May 19, 2015

A new white paper from ATRA has been published. Beyond Traffic - Choosing the Future has been developed in order to bring attention to Read more...

Webinar: Where are automated transit networks now?


May 6, 2015

Date: May 20th at 15.00pm UTC/GMT The webinar will address where advanced transit systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT) and group Read more...

SIU Students Design Multi-Modal Station


April 30, 2015

Thanks to the efforts of Ron Swenson and INIST (International Institute of Sustainable Transportation), the fourth year architecture students at SIU (Southern Illinois University) are designing a multi-modal station for downtown Santa Cruz. The s Read more...

ATRA Pulse newsletter


April 29, 2015

ATRA Pulse is the newsletter of ATRA. It was formally known as Transit Pulse. ATRA Pulse is now available to download here: www.advancedtransit.org/newsroom/newsletter You can s Read more...

ATRA webinar video


ATRA IG held a webinar titled “What to plan for when planning for Automated Transit Networks” on April 22, 2015. Speakers were David Watkins, Arup; David Little, Lea + Elliott and Peter Muller, PRT Consulting. The webinar lasted one hour and a Read more...

Podcar City 9: Invitation for Presenters Abstracts


March 27, 2015

Podcar City 9 November 4-6, 2015: Invitation for Presenters Abstracts due April 30 Podcar City 9 is the go-to event for the Automated Transit Networks co Read more...

What to plan for when planning for Automated Transit Networks


March 24, 2015

Date: April 22nd at 15.00pm UTC/GMT The webinar is to discuss the key aspects of assessing whether advanced transit systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) are a fit with the application’s re Read more...

The First Annual Martin Lowson Paper Award


March 4, 2015

$500.00 paper award DUE BY March 31, 2015 Due to the generous support from the Lowson family, an annual student paper award has been established. The late Martin Lowson was the visionary behind the ATN system at Heathrow airport. Read more...

$4B for 4 BART stations OR $2B for 100 ATN stations?


February 25, 2015

by Rob Means The $4000M (million) price tag of burrowing a tunnel under San Jose for BART is too costly financially, and draws resources away from other transit options. The projected 55,000 passengers/day service level in 2045 is too small relati Read more...

2014 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit


February 13, 2015

Stan Young, ATRA Past President On Dec 15 and 16, 2014 I attended the 2014 Florida Automated Vehicle Summit workshop located Read more...

The New ATRA


January 27, 2015

The ATRA board meeting on January 10 was filled with new enthusiasm. Shannon Sanders McDonald announced yet another new Academic Council member (the University of Utah) and Alain Kornhauser encouraged us to budge Read more...

ATRA welcomes ModuTram


January 11, 2015

ATRA is proud to welcome ModuTram as a member of ATRA: "MODUTRAM develops, integrates and markets automated transport systems offering innovative, effective and sustainable mobility. Based in Read more...

Korean ATN Development


December 8, 2014

An unmanned "mini-tram" has been developed by the Korea Railroad Research Institute. They unveiled a full scale prototype at their offices in Euiwang, on the southern outskirts of Seoul, in November. According to a report by Arirang News the mini Read more...

ATRA Technix 2015


November 13, 2014

Technix — the annual mini-conference before the annual Business Meeting — will take place on Saturday, January 10 at the University of Maryland’s CATT facility, located a short but confusing walk from the College Park metro station. Doors w Read more...

ATRA’s Fundraising Drive


November 3, 2014

2014 has been another active year for Advanced Transit. We look forward to 2015 to continue to help shepherd automation into public mobility. We will continue with traditional activities, starting with the Technix meeting on Saturday, January 10 and Read more...

ATRA Academic Council


August 30, 2014

Several years ago ATRA formed a Academic Research Committee. For 2014, this effort is moving forward as an Academic Council (AC). Its vision, mission and membership fees and benefits are listed below. Sensing much new interest in advanced transit, AC Read more...

Automated Transit Networks paper from ATRA


August 29, 2014

Implementing Automated Transit Network Solutions, Principal Considerations is a new paper f Read more...

The First Annual Martin Lowson Paper Award


August 9, 2014

In honor of the inventor of the first commercial PRT system $500.00 paper award ATRA fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transportation, particularly for our urban areas. ATRA Read more...

ATRA Webinar


June 16, 2014

The ATRA webinar "Public Transit Complemented" is now available to view on our videos page or on our  Read more...

ATRA Customer Forum


The ATRA forum is where members of ATRA can answer your questions relating to Automated Transit Networks if you have, or are considering gaining, an ATN system. So if you have any questions or queries for us then please head over to Read more...

Workshop Invitation


May 28, 2014

Envisioning Automated Vehicles within the Built Environment: 2020, 2035, 2050. Friday July 18th, 2014 - Hyatt Regency SF Airport. Geared to Staff from Metropolitan Planning Organizations, County Transportation Agencies, and other Read more...

Webinar: Public Transport Complemented


May 2, 2014

We would like to invite you to join the webinar organised by the Advanced Transit Association Industry Group (ATRA IG) on May 29th 2014 at 15:00 UK. The webinar is entitled ‘Public Transport Complemente Read more...

ModuTram Test Track


February 19, 2014

The ModuTram test track at the WTC Morelos Convention Centre in Mexico is now fully operational. See more pictures here. Read more...

2014 Membership Fees


If you haven't done so already please pay your ATRA fees for this year. Payment Methods - Via PayPal on our Read more...

PRT at Heathrow – Two Years On


December 3, 2013

The success of the Heathrow Pods demonstrates the feasibility of PRT as a way forward for 'last mile' solutions. "Heathrow Terminal 5’s ‘Pods’ Read more...

Trial of Driverless Pods on the Pavements of Milton Keynes


November 5, 2013

Milton Keynes, a city so futuristic it was used as a filming location for Superman IV, has been selected for a trial of 100 driverless pods in 2015. Devised by the Automotive Council UK Read more...

ATRA Technix 2014


October 8, 2013

ATRA’s Technix will be on Saturday, Jan 11 9:30-5pm. Registration is $35 for ATRA members, $55 for non-members. Registration includes light breakfast and lunch. Online registration is available Read more...

City of Rzeszów PRT Project


October 4, 2013

The City of Rzeszow in South East Poland has announced that it is to seek funding from the EU for an advanced transportation project includin Read more...

Polish PRT System Announced


Warsaw University of Technology displayed its new PRT technology at the recent Eco – Mobility conference in Rzeszów. The three year development Read more...

Transportation Conference


September 13, 2013

The Innovations In Sustainable Transportation Conference will be held in Broomfield, Colorado, October 10-11, 2013. Speakers include ATRA's Peter Muller - the president of PRT Consulting. See more on Read more...

Research and Development Roles


August 26, 2013

The California DMV’s Research and Development Branch in Sacramento is currently recruiting for two open research positions. Further information may be found  Read more...

Podcar City Conference 7


August 6, 2013

ATRA has participated in the first six annual Podcar City conferences organised by the Stockhol Read more...

Network RUS: Alternative Solutions


Network Rail have published a Route Util Read more...

Attitudes Towards Personal Rapid Transport in the US


July 4, 2013

Traditionally PRT has found many opponents in the US possibly, in part, due to the expensive failure of the Raytheon Company's PRT 2000 transportation syst Read more...

PRT Systems Proposed in Tel Aviv and Florianópolis


The Regional Secretary of Florianópolis, Mr Renato Hinnig, has met with ULTra Global PRT's commer Read more...

Martin Lowson 1938-2013 – founder of ULTra Global PRT


June 20, 2013

It is with great sorrow that we learnt of the death of the inventor and entrepreneur Martin Lowson. For over 15 years Martin has been a driving force behind Read more...

PRT Systems Proposed in India and the US


May 29, 2013

PRT systems are currently being considered in both Shimla, India and Greenville in South Carolina. The Himachal Pradesh government is looking for a solution Read more...

An English garden welcome at Heathrow


May 14, 2013

Heathrow has partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to bring the best in traditional English gardens Read more...

Heathrow plans include PRT expansion


February 28, 2013

Heathrow Airport Limited’s business plan for the next five years (April 2014-2019, also known as Q6) includes an additional Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. The Read more...

2013 Membership


December 27, 2012

With 2013 around the corner, it is time to renew your ATRA membership. Whether you are an individual or a company, ATRA unites professionals with an interest in advanced transit. Individuals: - Full Membership: $50 - Student Membership: $35 - L Read more...

Technix 2013 in D.C.


Preceeding the Annual Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., ATRA is organizing it’s Technix on Sunday, January 13. Please join the professional Read more...

Suncheon Update


November 5, 2012

In recent months, real progress has been made in South Korea’s Suncheon Bay concerning the construction of the necessary infrastructure for Vectus’ much anticipate Read more...

Princeton Study


April 3, 2012

For the past 5 years Princeton University, the Boro of Princeton and Princeton Township have been engaged in discussions related to the University's expansion plan Read more...

March 22: ATN Seminar


March 14, 2012

On March 22 David Holdcroft and David Little will be speakers at the Automated Transit Network seminar. The seminar will be held at the University of Read more...

World’s largest urban PRT system announced


December 14, 2011

The Punjab Government has awarded a contract for the world’s first urban Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system in Amritsar, India to Ultra Fairwood. At pe Read more...

ULTra Perfomance Report


December 8, 2011

The Ultra system at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opened on the 18th April 2011 and at the end of November had operated for a total of 4,595 hours, carrying over 200,000 pas Read more...

Masdar Year 1


December 1, 2011

On November 27th the first year of Operations and Maintenance of the PRT system at Masdar City was concluded. Over the year the system carried over 230.000 passeng Read more...

Morgantown Tour


November 29, 2011

Morgantown won a PRT design contest in 1968 and received a large federal grant to complete the project. Despite being very popular with the students of the town, Read more...

Allan Gregory


November 25, 2011

Interview with Allan Gregory, Surface Access Director at Heathrow Airport. "Many people are often surprised that BAA is a supporter of rail, we see air and rail as bei Read more...

Masdar Analysis


November 20, 2011

Simulation-based analysis of Personal Rapid Transit System in Masdar City. For this thesis an interim but critical stage of the network phasing was chosen for simu Read more...

The Jetson Jetset


November 18, 2011

The Jetson jetset: Heathrow's Personal Rapid Transit pods. Jumbo jets pass narrowly overhead and there's gridlock on the road below as my white, plastic pod progresses Read more...

Podcar Conference Stockholm


September 19, 2011

During the recent Podcar Conference the industry gathered to discuss the recent developments and progress. Over the three days there were multiple presentations on both the systems in realization and operation as well as new concepts being develo Read more...

How to Build a Greener City


The Wall Street Journal includes Personal Rapid Transit as part of the Green City of the future. "There's going to have to be new forms of energy, new ways of delivering energy and new forms of infrastructure," says Warren Karlenzig, president of Read more...

Heathrow Pods


Heathrow Airport has today officially unveiled its revolutionary new battery powered people movers ­– the Heathrow pods. Started in 2005, it has taken six years for the Heathrow pod to be built and has cost the airport €35m. Now it is comple Read more...

Big Kahuna, out (mic drop)

Only the great leaders amongst us can leave the big stage with a reference to their (nick)name and a mic drop. Kobe Bryant in sports (Mamba), Barack Obama in politics (Obama) and Carel van Helsdingen (the Big Kahuna) in 2getthere The post Big Kahuna, out (mic drop) appeared first on 2getthere.

Posted by: 2getthere
on 22 Sep 2020

Rivium 3rd generation:Redeveloping The Service and Businesspark

By September 2019 the service on the existing ParkShuttle route is replaced, with an extension in mixed traffic foreseen for late 2020. The new system sparks the redevelopment of the business park by introducing housing. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>Rivium 3rd generation:</span><span class='subtitle'>Redeveloping The Service and Business

Posted by: 2getthere
on 12 Aug 2020

Rivium 2nd generation:12 years of L4 Operations

The 2nd generation ParkShuttle has been in operation for 12+ years, carrying over 8 million passengers over that period. It is still the only autonomous system worldwide that operates without safety steward on-board, while featuring at grade intersections. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>Rivium 2nd generation:</span><span class='subtitle'>1

Posted by: 2getthere
on 11 Aug 2020

Rivium 1st generation:The First Urban Autonomous Transit Application

In february 1999 the first phase of the business park Rivium ParkShuttle commenced operations. The system operations continued through 2001 until the decision was made to replace it with a 2nd generation and extend the route. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>Rivium 1st generation:</span><span class='subtitle'>The First Urban Autonomous Trans

Posted by: 2getthere
on 10 Aug 2020

GRT Vehicle: Automated Minibus

2getthere’s GRT vehicles are automated minibuses accommodating up to 22 passengers (8 seated, 14 standing). The vehicles allow for easy access through accurate docking at the stations, enabled by the ‘crabbing’ capability of the front and rear-wheel steering. The post GRT Vehicle: Automated Minibus appeared first on 2getthere.

Posted by: 2getthere
on 1 Aug 2020

PRT Vehicle: Automated Taxi

2getthere’s PRT vehicle accommodates a 6-person family (4 adults, 2 children) with additional space for either a wheelchair or luggage. It combines the desirable aspects of the car (private travel at any time) with the social advantages of public transport (no congestion and parking issues). The post PRT Vehicle: Automated Taxi appeared first on 2getthere.

Posted by: 2getthere
on 1 Aug 2020

AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLES:Mixed traffic on existing roads for financially viable transit for modest volumes.

Autonomous shuttles operate in mixed traffic, using existing infrastructures. The vehicles are as fast as the slowest other road user, restricting the hourly capacity that can be provided. As there are no specific civil works, the low capital cost ensures a financially viable transit is still possible. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE

Posted by: 2getthere
on 31 Jul 2020

AUTOMATED TRANSIT NETWORKS:Direct origin to destination travel on a network of dedicated guideways.

ATN systems operate on a network of dedicated guideways to allow direct origin to destination travel. The direct connections optimize the passenger service level as well as the fleet capacity, ensuring a strong operational business case. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>AUTOMATED TRANSIT NETWORKS:</span><span class='subtitle'>Direct origin t

Posted by: 2getthere
on 31 Jul 2020

AUTOMATED PEOPLE MOVERS:Segregated infrastructure with grade separated crossings for high capacities.

APM systems feature autonomous vehicles on a segregated, typically elevated guideway allowing for a high capacity through grade separated intersections. The additonal capital costs for the infrastructure are offset by the higher service level and the resulting ridership. The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>AUTOMATED PEOPLE MOVERS:</span><span clas

Posted by: 2getthere
on 31 Jul 2020

Sendai airport:Autonomous Shuttles On The Airside Apron

Airside environment The airside resembles a city center in the diversity of traffic and traffic movements, although in an environment where access is controlled and behavior can be influenced through training.… The post <span style='display:block; padding-bottom:7px; color:#1179bf; color:inherit; font-size:22px;line-height:1.1em;'>Sendai airport:</span><span class='subtitle'>Autonomous Shuttles On The Airside Apron</span>

Posted by: 2getthere
on 27 Jul 2020

Ultra Global and Taiwanese partners to carry out landmark study into Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

Ultra Global is delighted to announce that it has signed a contract with its partners China Engineering Consultants Inc (CECI) to carry out a feasibility study into the deployment of… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 28 Nov 2013

Bloomberg TV Report on Pods including Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod

Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system has been included in a short report by Technology Reporter Rachel Crane that asks the question ‘Are luxury pods the transportation… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 27 Nov 2013

Arup Aviation News Article: ‘Personal Rapid Transport – (PRT) Two Years On at Heathrow’

Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) – Two years on at Heathrow. Has the project been successful and is PRT the way forward for the ‘last mile’ solutions? The pioneering technology which… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 27 Nov 2013

Engineering & Technology Magazine video report on Heathrow pod and PRT

Representatives from Ultra, Heathrow Airport and Arup took part in a short film chronicling the benefits of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system deployed at Heathrow and the potential for… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 18 Nov 2013

Heathrow pod receives Green Apple award

Ultra Global and Heathrow Airport were delighted that the Heathrow pod was awarded a coveted International Green Apple Award in front of an international audience at a ceremony at the… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 18 Nov 2013

UK Minister Lord Green Visits the Heathrow pod

Ultra Global were recently delighted to host Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment as he visited the company’s Heathrow pod personal rapid transit (PRT) system. In addition… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 14 Oct 2013

Ultra Global take part in Open House London 2013

Over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September Ultra Global threw open its doors to the public as part of the hugely successful Open House London event. The event… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 26 Sep 2013

Heathrow Pod part of UKTI GREAT Campaign

Images from Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod personal rapid transit have been included within UK Trade and Investments (UKTI) ‘Britain is GREAT’ campaign. The promotion which is designed to showcase the… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 26 Sep 2013

Professor Martin Lowson – The Times (12/08/13)

Aeronautical engineer of international renown who helped to develop the fastest helicopter in the world and pioneered driverless vehicles Professor Martin Lowson was a leading British engineer whose work in… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 12 Aug 2013

Ultra Global feature in Channel 4 News report on UK economy

Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod system last night featured on a report broadcast on the Channel 4 News. The report put together by Economics Editor Faisal Islam coincided with the release… Read the Rest→

Posted by: Ultra Global PRT
on 25 Jul 2013