RAYMOND MACDONALD BIOGRAPHY
Raymond MacDonald has a very broad experience in the field of Transportation Engineering including the planning, design, construction, economic evaluation and technical development of fixed guideway systems such as High Speed Railways, Metros, Light Rail, Monorail and Personal Rapid Transit as well as Bus Systems.
His work has included the design of major stations in San Francisco BART, San Francisco Muni- Metro, station design for Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Metros in Brasil, Seoul Subway in Korea, planning and design for underground and elevated elements of Taipei Metro in Taiwan, High Speed Railway planning and design in Korea and Taiwan, urban railway planning studies in Honolulu, Hawaii and in Chiang Mai Thailand, design for the Kennedy Airport Express in New York, Pearl Ridge Monorail in Hawaii. He conducted Railway Feasibility studies in Brasil, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, China and Austria. He also conducted technical evaluations for Eurotunnel and the US Maglev Initiative.
In particular Mr. MacDonald has pursued the goal of developing Personal Rapid Transit since 1971. His work included technical evaluation of Aerospace Corporation for Los Angeles, participation in the PRT development project in Denver,Colorado, a PRT planning study for Indianapolis, PRT marketing and proposals in Chicago. He led a PRT development team in Korea for over 4 years that included several planning, design and technical development studies. Most recently he participated in the Taxi 2000 Corporations development program of SkyWeb Express in Minneapolis.
He has written several papers on PRT including the need for technical standardization, land use implications, airport applications and market evaluations.
Throughout his career Mr. Macdonald has stressed the importance of maintaining personal
and professional integrity in the transportation engineering field which is so often
characterized by major cost over-runs and non-cost effective projects that inevitably
require large operating subsidies. It is his view that PRT will offer cities the chance to
create cost-effective transport systems that are sustainable and provide a serious
alternative land use opportunity. The development of this technology on a large scale will
create a huge world market and a new paradigm in urban design.
Last modified: August 13, 2004