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The following is a monthly list of news items and additions and changes to this website: present back to 2007
Two videos from Elon Musk's Boring Company (tunnels to reduce urban congestion). Click HERE and HERE to see them
Japan bets on a hydrogen-fueled future, from Scientific American magazine
Searching for a sustainable fleet of driverless taxis by simulating and evaluating alternative fleet management strategies - 89 pp
Waymo's early rider program to begin operations with driverless cars in the Phoenix, AZ, region
BART train takeover by swarm of 50-60 teens, passengers robbed
Practices for evaluating the economic impacts and benefits of transit, 85 pp.
Honda will do nearly anything to get you into a hydrogen car
Middle-to-low speed Chinese maglev trains scheduled to be delivered this year, for domestic applications
New patent obtained: Feather Rail - for vehicles that use a single rail at ground level
The Last Mile, connecting workers to employment locations that conventional bus/rail transit doesn't serve.
Moyers and Company: A better way to fund infrastructure?
American Council of Engineering Companies, Annual Convention, Washington, D.C, April 23-26, to get ready for massive infrastructure effort
More details about JacksonVille's interest is extending their Sky Way system to provide service to many additional locations using dirverless buses
TRB's Transit Ideas program to provide funding support for transit innovations with grants up to $100,000
Jacksonville, FL, considers dual mode approach to upgrade their old Sky Way, elevated, people mover
Link to information about French Sea Bubble designed for use in rivers
Futran news from South Africa - PRT system under development, envisions applications in many African cities
Reduce SF Bay area commuting by 25% - a winner in the FAst Company World Changing Ideas competition
Just released: 2011 PRT study for the U of Texas at Austin, 1118 pages, 43 MB, pdf format, very extensive and detailed
16th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Raleigh, NC, May 14-18, (see program)
Travel in Britian in 2035: future scenarios and their implications for technology innovation: RAND research report, 4.6 MB
Hover Train development announcement (translation from Dutch)
Why will self-driving cars fail?
UC-Davis academics discuss three revolutions they claim are turning the transportation world upside down
Hyperloop Technologies - Crowdstorm Documention - extensive examination of key issues that require solutions, 76 pages
How pedestrians will defeat autonomous vehicles - Scientific American article
Superconducting maglev train concept between D.C. & Baltimore -- and beyond, still active
Video: Hyperloop 1 planning to offer dualmode service - using autonomous vehicles for first/last mile connections (see last 5 minutes for this news)
Advanced Transit Association newsletter for March
Dubai set to get 2getthere 2.5 k automated shuttle bus system
Elon Musk envisions digging lots of tunnels as the "only" way to reduce urban roadway congestion
Robot cars with no human driver could hit California roads in 2018
How a a failed experiment in Kansas City could still represent the future of public transit
2016 Republican Platform includes their intentions to phase out Federal transit programs and end Federal support for California's high speed rail boondoggle - see page 5.
USDOT Secretary Chao says US drivers may face more tolls to raise infrastructure funds (scroll down for article)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, is fighting traffic congestion with software - and winning
Central Chinese cities to build more maglev lines
HoverDNA: New online magazine launched for self-balancing bikes, scooters, electric bikes and electric skateboards
Tiny 'engine' turns natural gas into hydrogen
2getthere press release: Delivering the first autonomous vehicle on public roads without a steward - scroll down to 1st on public road for the link.
Arrival of electric cars likely to be far faster than previously forecast - preparations needed - click on Topics > Business
West Coast Rail Conference, LA, Feb 28-Mar 2.
To win the war aginst cars, San Francisco "weaponizes" real estate
Chariot commuter service competes directly with conventional mass transit, now in several cities, recently acquired by Ford
Ford's new "hub" beneath the World Trade Center highlights a transport future beyond cars
SkyTran plans to finance and build 1 km demo system in India with its own funds
The Self-Driving Car's bicycle problem
Virigina Beach residents explore post-light rail options including PRT
Three PRT companies invited to conduct a 1 km demonstration of their system in India: Metrino, SkyTran and ULTra Global
Winners of student level hyperloop contest announced: Delft University team won first place
Hyper Loop 1 is working with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority to explore the case for an ultra-fast levitating system in the UAE
Implications for Public Transit of Emerging Technologies, National Center for Transit Research
New Alliance for Transportation Innovation launched in Washington, D.C.
Alston (French world leader in integrated railway systems) invests €14 million in Easy Mile's autonomous shuttle vehicle business
Huge Federal Panel asks today: Why Waymo?
EV scooter offered as solution for first/last mile problems not served by conventional bus/rail systems
Masdar to examine sustainable transport options in relation to expansion plans - formal participation info to be available in February
Mt. View, CA, City Council funds a $250k innovative transport study - be sure to read the comments
Moovel, now located in POrtland, OR, is developing the Rid Tap app for analyzing various ways to get from A to B in your city.
Japan bites bullet with very high speed maglev trains
Update on Greenwich autonomous vehicles Gateway demonstration, London region, December, 2016
Moving to Access: Is the current transport model broken?, Brookings Institutuion, January 11
European Transport Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 4-6 October, 2017 - call for papers and more
Link to Next Future mobility website - concept for large-scale innovative autonomous transport system, has obtained significant global press coverage
Beijing's first Maglev Line to begin operating in 2017
Link to PAL-V extraordinary sneak preview - dualmode driving and flying car, expected global commercial launch in 2017
Looking for a green personal rapid transit technolgy? Check out this current market leader
Dubai's Autonomous Transportation Strategy aims to make 25% of all trips driverless by 2030
World's first cloud platform for the optimization of autonomous vehicle fleets, based in Switzerland
Link to City Mobile 2 booklet, EU Cities Demonstrating Automated Road Passenger Transport: Experiences and Recommendations, 52 pp.
New book, entitled Automated Transit, Planning, Operations and Applications, by Rongfang Liu, at major bookstores - here is a link to the Table of Contents - three operational PRT systems are included.
CarTube - proposal for the Future of Urban Mass Transportation
Collection of Comments about the CarTube concept from other innovative inventors
Fast lane to the future of transportation
US DOT seeks proposals for creation of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers - from non-profits, only
French Easy Mile driverless bus to begin first N. American demo in California - press release
U.C. Davis granted $14 million over 5 years to do research on sustainable transport, by the US DOT
How a 70 year old idea could make auto engines much more efficient
San Francisco transit system hack could have been far worse - cities must prepare for more such attacks
China to develop the world's fastest maglev train, capable of 600 kph, by 2020
Link to videos of the presentations at the recent PodCar City conference in Antwerp, now available, on-line
Link to most of the papers presented at the recent PodCar City conference in Antwerp are now available on-line
Link to list of all US Transportation State/Local Funding approvals and rejections by voters
FHWA unveils national alternative fuel and electric charging network - includes 35 states
D.C. Study finds Georgetown-Rosslyn gondola link to be feasible - urges implementation
All ABoard the coming infrastructure boom - WSJ OP Ed - Cost-benefit analyses needed
University of Michigan may test new kind of on-demand transit system called "hub and shuttle"
Driverless Cars Ahead: Ontario, Canada, Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation, 76 pp.
10 Chinese cities currently planning maglev projects
Chinese firm launches R&D on 600 km/h maglev train
New Book: Door-to-Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation - see Amazon for reviews
Seattle Times newspaper urges voters to reject massive Light Rail expansion plan
Issue Brief: Transporting Masses in Urban India: Policy and Fact Disconnect, 12 pp., by Anupam Vibuti.
Link to Autobots PRT concept, under development in India, includes video from the inventor
BYD launches its budget monorail, called SkyRail, for widespread deployment in smaller Chinese Cities
PRT shuttle link proposed for Glasgow airport, decision due in December, 4 minute ride from rail station.
Autonomous vehicle demonstrations on public streets underway in the UK
Transportation technology grants awarded to several US cities
Autonomous bicycle being developed at the U of Washington, Bothell Campus
Chinese Tubnet Transit full scale test network now in operation, see awesome video, available only in Chinese at this time
Podaris releases software version 1.5 for real-time collaborative infrastructure planning, based in London
Link to paper entitled Potential of PRT to Meet the Urban Transport Deficit, from India
Massive Airlander 10 airship being built and tested in the UK - could be helpful when ground transport is impossible
Selangor aims for 446 km of public transit by 2035 - PRT component mentioned
Link to article about pilot GRT, 12.3 km, project in India that is approved , four tenders being reviewed
Hays "Out of the Box" competition, seeking transportation policy solutions, cash prizes, deadline Oct 30th
Link to Spiri, Danish startup, features unique, shared, carpooling service, using electric vehicles, to launch in 2017
Link to Supraways suspended PRT/GRT concept website (Solar Urban Personal Rapid Automated System)
Link to new POD Transit concept, by Seattle inventor, tube system, see extensive website for details
Link to Maglev 2016 Conference Program, Sept 23-26, Berlin, Germany, includes Hyperloop content
Sound Transit (Seattle Region) makes $800,000 media buy to persuade voters to support 62 mile light rail expansion plan
Who owns the cars? The Billion $ Problem with Autonomous Taxis
Podcar City & Advanced Transit conference, September 19-21, Antwerp, Belgium, Newsletter #2
Work to start on Pod Taxi pilot project in three months in Gurgaon, India area, Polish Metrino system mentioned
Sion - a solar electric car that uses embedded solar panels to keep batteries charged
Can we achieve 100 million plug-in cars by 2030?
Door-to-Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, by Edward Humes, widely available from booksellers
Link to the National Online Dialogue on the Federal Transit Administration's 5-year Strategic Plan for Research
Uber and Lyft to provide personal rapid transit services?
Fairwood joins hands with UK's ULTra for applications in Indian cities
Link to Hybrid Air Vehicles in Britan, developing very large airships for a variety of applications
Imagineactive - mission is to inspire people to create the future of mobility - 200 concepts - submit your ideas
Future of Urban Mobility - fly over the traffic in an air taxi - concepts by AirBus Group
And then, there is the autonomous bicycle from the Netherlands
Modified ULTra PRT vehicles ready for demo on the street in Greenwich Gateway area
Link to the program for Maglev 2016, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 23-25
Update on the Mexican GRT ModuTram system, 118 photos of Guadalajara test facility and people now available, nearly market-ready
China builds elevated bus (straddles cars that drive under it) and initiates a demonstration facility - click here for a link to the Chinese company that is making the straddle bus.
Link to new cTrain (Caterpillar Train) concept - individualized, elevated, transit - from Jacob Innovations in Boston - click here for a more detailed presentation developed for the the CoLab competition at MIT, includes many excellent renderings
Driverless cars threaten to crash insurers earnings
Transport System Catapult Report: Mobility as a Service (MaaS), 52 pp.
Dealing with Cyber Security Threats in Critical Transportation Systems
Transit Columbus (Ohio) lauches petition urging city not to "leap-frog" light rail investments
Link to the US DOTs Build America Bureau - includes Build America Transportation Center (BATIC)
Columbus, Ohio, hopes to "leap-frog" light rail transit with autonomous cars - a first for an American city
Richard Garriott makes a PRT presentation to the Urban Transport Commission in Austin, TX
Greenville, S.C. airport commissioners delay approving a $24 Million PRT system, 2getthere and Modutram competing
OpEd: Seattle's Sound Transit $54 billion development plan will be obsolete before it's built and in operation
PodCar City 10 conference announcement, September 19-21, Antwerp, Belgium
How the media screwed up the story on the fatal Tesla crash incident
Analyses of Germs on Mass Transit Systems
Texas A&M, TTI Seek Transport Technology Innovations for its campus transformation vision, RFI available now
Press release: 2getthere obtains two large investments to deepen technological capabilities
The End of Traffic: How the Smartest People in the World are Fixing Your Commute, 22 min. video
Sky Tran to provide service to island in the UAE
Secret Alphabet division funded by Google aims to fix public transit in the US
Link to Cargobeamer website - built and in operation, moving freight from Germany to Italy
Uber now profitable in hundreds of cities globally - but is still #2 in China, behind Chinese competitor
The Future of Transportation: Volpe Thought Leadership Series underway
Sideways elevators could ease London commuter crowd problems: MULTI Elevator from Thyssenkrupp
A powerful, yet tiny, engine inches close to powering EVs and drones
Link to update from SkyTran that contains some news
Link to new ATRA video
Link to Washington Post article about the US DOT Smart City Challenge - easier to comprehend
Link to the initial proposals from the seven finalists in the US DOT's $40 million+ Smart City Challenge
8 Lessons for Fixing the Cities of the Future
2016 Innovations in Transportation conference: Are you Ready for the Future?, Ames, Iowa, August 16, 2016
Link to new TRB website on Transformational Technologies - focus is on transportation technologies
Link to 2 reports from the Federal Highway Administration of the US DOT, from a Novel Transport Workshop that includes assessnents of presentations from 14 innovative transport inventors (scroll down to Novel Modes Workshop and Novel Surface Transportation Modes)
Link to new dualmode concept: Overland Automated Transport System, intro video, details and FAQ
2016 WAVE Trophy Rally and competition in the EU to Promote wide variety of ZEVs (w/video)
Ex. Summary: A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution - Frontier Group report, 116 pp.
Boston wants voters to indicate preferences from a list of 48 projects (selected from a list of 3,700 ideas) - for possible implementation by 2030
Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Intrastructure, report prepared for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, May, 2016, 168 pp, see Ex. Summary and Table of Contents for guidance.
Austin, TX and Rocky Mt. Institute (RMI) undertake a Mobility-as-a-Service project designed to reduce auto use and emissions while saving energy
New type of monrail concept announced - uses suspension bridge technology for minimalist guideway
Watch this Chinese straddle-bus eat cars as it speeds down the highway - working scale model and computer animatiions
Press release: SkyTran update - includes limited details on demonstration project in Tel Aviv and contact info.
Maglev Systems - it's time to rethink the utility of conventional railroads
How 'gamification' can make transport systems and choices work better for us - see Singapore successful example
How cities can use autonomous vehicles to increase transit ridership and reduce household vehicle ownership, prize winning paper, 8 pp. (especially see Autonomous transit and Transit Leap sections, pages 6-8)
Google's waze takes aim at hellish Silicon Valley traffic
Soon you will not have to be rich to back a startup
Driverless cars and the future of transit - includes results from several simulation studies
Link to Disney's E.P.C.O.T (new planned city) video, which shows extensive use of a PRT- ike urban transport concept, announced 50 years ago, (10:45 to 25:48 section is particularly relevant)
Why is Germany's largest railway interested in driverless cars for providing first/last mile service?
Population growth in suburbs much greater than in downtowns, major implications for future urban transport patterns
Automated bus vehicles might provide first/last mile service in Singapore by the end of the year, includes good video
Sky Tran plans to build first system in Lagos, Nigeria, undated, but appears to be current news
Moovit's transit app connects Uber with public transit to provide first/last mile service in 131 cities
Excellent Lofty Taxi PRT presentation given at recent APM conference in Toronto, slides and text, 40 pp
Can New Transportation Technologies Improve Equity and Access? Center for American Progress report
Making Better Places: Autonomous Vehicles and Future Opportunities, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff/Farrels, 26 pp
Connecting personal to mass transit, slide presentation, 44 pp, by Ingmar Andreasson
The future of integrated transit - our apps can connect with your apps
Press release: Sky Tran PRT Unveils its Technology Demonstration System
Ultimate PRT concept, includes design for lowering/raising vehicles to reduce number of stations required.
Driverless pods may run on Singapore's roads by the end of 2016
2getthere-Asia Joint Venture announced - see press release at 2getthere website
Transit's Dim Future, by Randal O'Toole
Report.pdfNYCity transit pulls the plug on the American Public Transit Association - withdraws annual dues of $400k
Link to - System Overload - problems of deferred maintenance, New Yorker magazine
Conference announcement: 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum, May 11-12, Washington, D.C.
New Infrastructure Protection Center established at the U of Illinois
Final Conference Program: Innovation in a Rapidly Urbanizing World, Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems, Toronto, April 17-21.
Link to National League of Cities report: City of the Future, Technology and Mobility, 36 pp.
Driverless City project underway at the Illinois Institute of Technology, funded by the Nayar Prize
Link to website for Next Future Mobility, dualmode concept, designed in Italy, new office and staff now located in California
CityMobil2 final conference, June 1 and 2, Spain, demonstrations provided
An analysis of why transit ridership is down when population growth is up, in Santa Clara, California, 49 pp.
Making the transition to a completely zero-emission global auto fleet, White Paper, 48 pp,
Link to the the International Zero-emissions Vehicle Alliance - focus is on achieving a fast, global, transition to zero-emission autos
Challenge Seattle - long range (2035) vision for transportation infrastructure and establishment of Mobility Innovation Center
Automated small bus from France, for first/last mile, public service, now being demonstrated in the EU and elsewhere
How not to measure traffic congestion - once again
Link to article in Bloomberg BusinessNews about the TEV project - has generated lots of interest
US DOT (FHWA): Notice of Funding Opportunity; Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative, $60 million/year, proposals due 06/03/2060, cost sharing required.
News about William Alden's approach to improving in-airport mobility, from parking to the gate. Includes excellent video.
Link to video that describes an Airport PRT technology, being developed by William Alden in Boston
Transit is dead. Let's Prepare for the Next Mobility Revolution
Transit Leap - Autonomous Vehicles and Transit
End of Driving and What Happens to Transit?
Link to: City Mobil2 Newsletter, #7, Feb. 2016 - reports on a number of driverless vehicle demonstrations in the EU
BMW races to build autonomous cars but sees significant roadblocks ahead
23rd International Conference: Maglev Solutions for People, Cities and Regions, Sept. 23-25, Berlin
Slovakia is a natural 1st stop for the hyperloop - no joke
Metrino sale in India announced
Link to some recent photos of the PRT installation at WVU in Morgantown, WV.
DOT announces $500 million available in current round of TIGER grants
The Road Not Taken - an extensive history of various efforts to develop and deploy several PRT concepts
Hate your commute? - It's going to get worse
MIT's Climate CoLab competition now soliciting proposals for transportation solutions
Will Masdar become the world's first green-ghost town?
California proposal to shift funds from bullet train to a variety of water projects gaining support
Link to a description of a three-phase upgrade project for the Morgantown WVU PRT - at an estimated cost of $120-$130 million.
Jacksonville, Florida, might modernize its 1980's Sky Way peroplemover system
South Korea opens it's maglev line to the airport for public service
January , 2016
London's first driverless cars - will be modified Heathrow (ULTra) Pods for street level projects in Greenwich, Coventry, BRistol and Milton Keynes
Transit ridership slumps in LA region despite heavy investment in rail transit lines
Results from 2015 Senino Survey of Mayors, conducted by Boston University Initiative of Cities, 46 pp.(top priorities: roads, mass transit and water/waste water treatment
Link to Transportation Futures report from the Minnesota DOT
Link to: Mexican Modutram Group Rapid Transit (GRT) presentation at recent Pod Car City 9 conference
Program info: International Conference on Automated Peoplemovers and Automated Transit systems
Trends among young people not getting driver's licences terrify automakers
US DOT Director position available - fosters devlopment and deployment of innovative technologies
Obama administration proposes a $4 billon, 10 year effort to provide national guidelines for driverless cars
New Information sessions and fact sheet on the Smart City Challenge - $40 million prize to winner from US DOT
Link to Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities (AEB 30)
Could Computer-Controlled Pods Alleviate our Choked City Streets?
The race to create a hyperloop technology heats up - January 13, 2016 will be a milestone meeting.
New book announcement: Monorails, trains of the future arriving
Driverless cars, including PRT vehicles, give lawyers a bottomless list of defendents
Floating gondolas could be solution to Mexico City's traffic problems
Link to an updated and expanded website for Solar Tublar Transit concept
Updated website for 2getthere, automated mobility for sustainable mobility, in the Netherlands
2getthere's PRT system at the Masdar ecocity in Abu Dhabi sets record ridership highs
Transmodal capsule concept - has its day in the sun arrived?
Cracking the Gordian Knot: Advancing ATN Development and Deployment, by Catherine Burke
Multi-year FAST Act signed by Obama - here's a summary of transportation bill's contents
Research at University-based Consortium to Drive Singapore's Transport Future Forward
Danish RUF system announces its Dual Mode concept, will focus initially on Maxi-RUF vehicles and service
Fortune magazine: This Futuristic Maglev Pod Transit System Will Soon Be a Reality
Numerous presentations from PodCar City 9 conference are now available on-line
Driverless electric shuttles are coming to cities around the world - first/last mile solution
Injecting Innovation into Public Transportation: $1 million for nine Transit Center grants announced
The ACCEL moving sidewalk from ThyssenKrupp - a dream come true
Disrupting Mobility, A Global Summit Investigating Sustainable Futures, MIT, Cambridge, MA, Nov. 11-13
An urban vehicle for the future under development at the Media Lab at MIT
Hyperloop technologies raises $26 million in convertible notes
Hperloop project construction of test facility about to get started in California
Link to a "lessons learned" evaluation of the potential utility of High Speed Rail projects in the US, from the Reason Foundation
Arcimoto EV about to launch - 3 wheeler (for the masses) from Eugene, Oregon, estimated price about $11,000
Update on proposed PRT network for U TExas in Austin - making some progress
GTS - A Foundational Breakthrough for Mobility - proposal awaiting results of a competitive evaluation in early 2016
Link to Danish RUF dualmode system's analysis of its many capacity options
Honda's moving its hydrogen fuel cell car into production
2016 Grants from the Transit Center: Injecting Innovation into Public Transportation
Must driverless cars be programmed to kill?
Podaris website: Collaborative Feasibility Planning for Transport Systems software
Transport Systems Resilience and Climate Change, TRR Report 2532, 18 papers
House Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRR)- brief content description
Arx Pax Hover Board technology suggested for 1/12 scale Hyperloop vehicle prototype
FHWA study examines first/last mile problem (access to MASS TRANSIT stations), ignores PRT, favors driverless cars
Robo taxis to be tested in Japanese town
Will Jones, TEVproject inventor, nominated for "person of the year award" by the Smart Transportation Alliance in the EU
Link to the Build America Transportat Investment Center (BATIC) of the US DOT
Link to a Hyperloop article from the LA Times - considerable detail on that status of development activity
Link to Federal Transit Administration administrative guidelines for evaluating transit investment proposals
City Mobile 2 Newsletter (EU) - lots of progress with automated vehicles, 8 pp.
National Public Radio story about PRT - focus on SkyWeb Express, produces lots of comments
Google wants to increase bike use in the Silicon Valley - to be more like Copenhagen
Excellent PodCar City 9 conference program now available, 4-6 November, 2015, San Jose, CA
Lofty Taxi update, Ottawa, Austin network concepts and additional technical page
Simulation study finds that a fleet of driverless cars would be a much better investment than a LIght Rail project
in Canberra, AU.
Press Release: SkyTran obtains an investment from Google's Innovation-Endeavors fund
Urban Mobility Scorecard - congestion data for your city, from Texas A&M University
Conference announcement: International Urban Freight Conference, Oct. 21-23, 2015, Long Beach, CA
New E-book announcement: The End of Traffic and the Future of Transportation (available from Amazon.com)
Link to the Advanced Transit Association website (ATRA) - see/subscribe to the ATRA Pulse newsletter, upper right corner
Conference announcement: Leading force in advancing public transit -- APTA
Potential for a PRT network for Univ. of Texas at Austin getting some attention from private sector investors
Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing Transportation System Performance, 119 pp. , TRB publication
2getthere announces partnership with German company to design and build 3rd generation GRT vehicle
New video from EcoPRT showing recent progress, about 10 minutes
Conference announcement and call for papers: Disrupting Mobility, Nov. 11-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA
Egypt-Canada partnership to build a 1.5 billion monorail line in Egypt, using Bombardier technology,
Hackers remotely manipulate the operation a Jeep SUV on a public highway
Conference announcement: 13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference, Nov. 15-17, Mlps, MN
Videos and discussion of a rider's experience with the SkyCube PRT at Suncheon Bay in S. Korea
Link to TED talk about Google's driverless car development progress
New German PRT concept features suspended vehicles that can be lowered to the ground, eliminates need for stations
Greenville, South Carolina, PRT project terminated - maybe be initiated again in the future
Remix - a data intensive transit planning startup, based in San Francisco
Google could reinvent commuting?
Future TRIP Act introduced in Congress by Ranking Democrat Lipinski of Illinois- wants significant reform of transportation capabilities in the USA.
Shell to co-engineer its first concept City Car - will run on liquid fuel - expected later in 2015, called Project M
Link to Automated Vehicle Insights selected for you by CATES
Seattle survey results: What would it take to get you out of your drive alone commute in your car?
TRB conference announcement: Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change Impacts
Link to ATRA's Lowson Award paper: PRT Application in Retrofitting Edge Cities - Macquarie Park Case Study in Australia, 17 pp.
Call for Papers, Monorailex, Las Vegas, CA, Nov. 12-15, abstracts due by June 30th
Swift Tram - suspended GRT concept, switchable with off-line stations
Powering trams with fuel cells - goodby to overhead wires?
Link to new suspended PRT , called TransitX, based in Boston, MA
Call for Abstracts, ASCE Automated People Movers conference, Toronto, Canada, April 17-20, 2016, deadline June 3, 2015.
ITS World Congress, Bordeaux, France, Oct 5-9, 2015, Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space, Early Registration now open
Minneapolis planners weigh likely land development effects of streetcars vs. bus rapid transit investments
Google gets permission to test self-driving cars on Silicon Valley streets this summer
Link to an excellent update on the status of the RUF dualmode system (46 pp) - worthy of emulation
World's first solar roadway in the Netherlands produces more energy than expected
Link to Leitner Ropeways website - includes detachable capability for chairlifts - also has built an urban application in Italy
Link to a new PRT website for Lofty Taxi, from Canada
US DOT: A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking, updated 4/15, 24 pp.
Link to an Interesting editorial about emergency evacuation from elevated monorail installations
Bridj - another competitor for Uber, Lyft and Gett, (and PRT?) now in operation in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Honda executive presents keynote vision of how a high speed highway could be a "better" investment that high speed rail lines or the Hyperloop concept at SAE's 2015 Global Congress
Link to a video that shows NASA's autonomous vehicle in operation at the Johnson Space Center
Link to the most recent US transportation annual statistics report from the US DOT
Aeromovel's very exceptional presentation provides considerable detail about this pneumatically propelled people mover, 53 pp.
Kickstarter effort underway to raise funds to develop a PRT-type airport circulator system
Proterra's electric bus leaps into the limelight
Webinar: Securing Transportation Systems, April 28, 1 pm, EDT
Link to video that describes Bie-Bus mass transit concept from India, 5 minutes
Link to video: HAMO - Toyota's New Urban Transport System, 3+ minutes.
Conference announcement: ITS 25th Annual Meeting & Expo, Pittsburg, May 31-June 3, 2015, Bridges to Innovation
Video of Korean maglev train in operation, now undergoing final tests prior to opening for public service
Egypt unveils plans to build new capital east of Cairo - an innovative transport opportunity?
Measuring What We Value: Setting Priorities and Evaluating Successes in Transportation
Conference announcement: Disrupting Mobility: A Global Summit Investigation of Sustainable Futures, November 11-15, Cambridge, MA, includes call for papers
LUTZ driverless Pods to be demonstrated in Milton Keynes in the U.K. - see video
The Purpose, Function and Performance of Streetcar Transit in the Modern US City, 421 pp.
Conference announcement: International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit, Toronto, Canada, April, 2016 - Call for Abstracts, due May 16, 2015
Greenville (S. Carolina) County Economic Development Corporation, PRT Evaluation Study, 76 pp.
Link to a Request for Proposals, for a 4.2 mile PRT system, from Greenville, South Carolina
CityMobile 2 workshop on socio-economic impact of road automation
Company intends to build a five mile Hyperloop test facility in California
PodCar circulator being considered for Domtar site in Canada
Fact-finding tour: visit 8-10 driverless transit systems in S. Korea, June 5-9.
Quantum leap for PRT - Metrino wins government approval for project in India
Seattle Task Force created to examine future transportation issues in Puget Sound Region
ORSKI's Innovation Briefs - Financing transportation infrastructure - better solutions needed
Transport Research News: Performance Management in Practice - what works, what doesn't
NREL Report: Fuel Cell Buses in US Transit Fleets: Current Status in 2014
How to make Infrastructure Sexy-- by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Update of Study of the Future of Urban Mobility - includes ratings of needs in 84 cities
Forecast estimates congestion problems will be significantly Transport Research News: Performance Management in Practice - what works, what doesn't reduced for 700 m drivers
Conference Announcement: American Planning Association, April 18-21, Seattle, Washington
Link to Highway-Boondoggles report from the U.S. Pirg education fund
Link to Frontier Group's website transportation research studies page
Commuting in America 2013: National Report on Commuting Patterns and Trends
Volpe report on intermodalism - a 20-year perspective, includes video
Google planning to offer a driverless version of the Uber concept - maybe
2getthere signs a MOU that may lead to an installation of a 55-vehicle GRT feeder system in Taiwan
PRT: The Revolution that almost happened in the Chicago suburbs
Morgan Design's Large Single-Piece Composit Structure for SkyCube (aka Vectus) PRT Vehicles
Urban rail troubles: Hawaii and Maryland, by Randal O'Toole
Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology, 72 page report from
The Conference Board of Canada
2getthere introduces newly designed GRT vehicle
Musk to build hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to use for testing their pods - probably somewhere in Texas
Citymart - a business that helps cities identify and evaluate innovative urban systems, currently working in 80 cities around the globe - website has a TEDx video that provides details and examples
High Speed Rail is a Waste of Time and Money
A streetcar named Deception
Ground broken on controversial high speed rail project in California
Link to article about the subway system in Beijing - still expanding rapidly as is roadway contestion
Link to a basic wiki about Carsharing
Link to four January TRB presentations on car-sharing - one is about "free-floating" car sharing, abstracts provided
Link to a preview article on a forthcoming book: The End of Driving
China's High Speed Rail:Rapid Growth of New Travel Optiion
Video of some rider reactions to test runs of Google's fully functional autonomomous car
Google announces development of fully functional autonomous car - test program underway
US DOT video explains connected vehicle technologies that are reaching demonstration/deployment phase - 7.22 minutes
Danish RUF dualmode system one of five winners in Russian competition Link to RUF's winning submission
Know your customers! - Recent Changes and Future Directions in Travel Behavior
Nationwide group of engineers developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop hight speed transport concept
US DOT releases Strategic Plan for 2015-2019, included an "emerging technologies" category of activity
Link to 2015 annual TRB meeting, detailed program information
Updated website for the Russian Unitran concept, in English, many videos
Updated Shweeb Sky Smart website - human-powered bicycles, elevated, suspended, PRT
Link to CargoFish website - for automated, area-wide, distribution of small goods in cities
Re-programming Mobility report, focus on impact of emerging digital technology on the future of urban transportation, 60 pp.
Debunking myths about the viability of fuel cell autos, powered by hydrogen fuel
Los Angeles: Rail for Others (analysis of work trip mode shares over past decades)
City Science Initiative at MIT Media Lab - includes update on MIT's foldable city car
Trains and driverless cars headed for a collision in Florida (trains defeated badly Nov. 4 election)
MISTER changes name to Metrino-PRT, incorporates in New Zealand, updates website
LInk to especially good driverless auto video, from Volvo
GM demonstrates EV-N micro car for use in dense city environments at Detroit ITS conference
Link to Tianjin Eco-City in Singapore - A Model for Systainable Urban Development
Reimagining the auto - interview with futurist
Link to website for the Chinese Tubenet Transit PRT concept, now undergoing test track development
Link to report: Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the U.S.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries offers Crystal Mover APM for high speed, off-airport, urban applications
Town Being Built for Driverless Cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Link to a CityLab article about the future of freight movement in the US
Cybertran International named Semi-Finalist in Clean Tech competition
Link to new PRT advocacy website: Get Over Traffic
Link to a BBC radio interview, TEVproject (dualmode) explained in less than 4 minutes
The empty car convoy, video from Hundai
Link to City Mobile2 website - describes several automated vehicle developments and demonstration projects in EU cities
Canadian maglev concept aims for network switching capability
Link to multiple presentations from the PodCar 8 conference in Sweden
Report: Automated Transit Networks, State of the Industry, Mineta Transportation Institute, 256 pages.
Evidence in support of the case for urban PodCar applications in the future, PodCar 8 presentation, 21 slides
Review of three years of experience with the Heathtrow Pod service, PodCar 8 presentation, 21 slides
From Personal to Mass Transit, paper by Prof. em. Ingmar Andreasson, 42 slides
New website for ROAM system, previously known as MegaRail
Benefit-cost analysis of a RUF dualmode network for the Copenhagen region, report and data used in spreadsheet form, a good example for other dualmode advocates to emulate
ZoomHydro-WaterBeads - a new way of transporting water from wet locations to those experiencing a severe drought
3D animation firm in Manchester, U.K. has done excellent work on transport systems
Conventional transit systems finding ways to save/generate electrical energy - Scientific American article
New video of maglev system at Incheon Airport in Korea - 11.5 minutes
PodCar City 8 newsletter #2 with information about conference, September 3-5, Arlanda International Airport, Stockholm, Sweden
Summary of Transit and Public Mobility Activities at the 2014 Automated Vehicle Conference, by Stan Young
Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, Detroit, September 7-11, 2014, August 15 deadline for participants
FBI brands autonomous cars as "lethal weapons" and a grave security risk
Korean Rotem maglev system makes sale to St. Petersburg
Helsinki "mesh" plan for integrated areawide mobility
South Korea begins service with domestically developed maglev train at Incheon airport
Will driverless cars help us drive less?
SkyTran signs contract for pilot application in Tel Aviv, Israel - (press release)
3rd Automated Vehicles Symposium, San Francisco, CA, July 16, 2014
Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy established in Seattle, Washington - research, education, integrate, accelerate
Link to a new Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) website, group located in the Netherlands, offering an extensive planning and analysis workshop
Spartan Superway Automated Transit Network (ATN) project at San Jose State University in California: some early results
TRB Conference Summary, Sustainable Energy and Transportation, Strategies, Research and Data, November, 2012, 80 pp.
Smart Sustainable Mobility: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 78 pp
Country plans to convert conventional scooters to electric 3-wheel scooters, in massive transition
Conference Announcement and Newsletter - PodCar City, Stockholm, Sweden, September, 2014
City Mobile Newsletter #3 - describes a number of automated vehicle demos in several EU cities
The future of transportation - CityLab - series of special reports
More thoughts on Google's self-driving car
How Google self-driving cars might affect our cities, pro and con, with links to many similar articles
Google invents a small driverless car for urban circulation applications - 100 ordered for testing and demonstrations
San Jose State University students unveil operational scale model of a suspended PRT concept
NCHRP Report 570: Vol. 3, Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing Transportation System Performance, RAND Transportation, Space and Technology Program, Santa Monica, CA.
China's Ascent in World Transport - Facilities and Use Data
Link to a new video from POSCO about the Vectus (SkyCube) installation in S. Korea
Is Electricity a Clean Transportation Energy Source?
Link to website for Swift Tram, suspended mass transit concept, based in Colorado, under development
Launch expected summer of 2014 - Podaris, a toolkit for planning and designing Automated Transport Networks (ATNs), from the U.K.
Link to new very low cost PRT concept called ecoPRT, based in North Carolina
Link to a new mass rapid transit concept from India, called Leadrail's_Bie_Bus 2014, focus on high capacity transport service,
Link to updated ModuTram Mexican GRT webpage - now includes 118 photos - can be translated into English.
Link to new website: HER - Hybrid Electric Roadtrains, by McHenry Enterprises - very good animations provided, submitted to FHWA's novel systems competition
US DOT wants your opinions on the Administration's Open Government initiative
Updated presentation aout the Swedish General Transport System - full screen view suggested - use arrows at bottom to advance, includes update
of the very popular Bubbles and Beams video at the end of the presentation.
Aberdeen, Scotland, takes delivery of first 4 of 10 hydrogen buses for demo project - scroll down to see artlcle
Flying cars - link to ongoing work at MIT
New transportation library initiated at George Mason University at their Center of Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy
Maglev 2014 conference, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 192 days left
Create the Future contest - $20,000 prize, both products and concepts eligible
City Mobile 2 overview - demonstrations involving driverless cars may supplement existing transit systems
in lower density urban areas in Europe - collaborative approach being used with numerous partners
Automated Cars: A Smooth Ride Ahead?
20th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, Call for Papers, 28-30 May, the Algarver, Portugal
Ten, six-coach maglev trains to be delivered to Beijing's subway system by end of 2014
Buckminster Fuller Challenge - $100k prize available, proposals accepted starting February 14.
Link to 20 things to like about biking in Groningen, the Netherlands - profusely illustrated with photos
Automated Vehicles Symposium announcement: July 15-17, Ancillary Meetings, July 14 and 18, San Francisco airport, CA
Technology that would enable police to remotely disable cars being developed in the EU
California High Speed Rail project - facing new legal, fiscal and political uncertainties - see Vol. 25, No. 2 of Ken Orski's Innobriefs
Link to Transportation News - daily update focused on alternative transport events and activities
Want to have a partnership with the Ford Motor Company? Inventors and Patent holders welcome, but not marketing or advertising messages
Conference: Transforming Transportation, Washington, D.C., January 16-17, 2014 - Program information
Link to the website of the International Transport Forum of the OECD in the EU
London Mayor plans to build much safer bike lanes, called Quieteways, to sharply reduce conflicts with autos and buses
Self-driving cars and future of robotic automotives, WIRED presentation by Brad Templeton, 26 minute YouTube video
CityMobile2 newsletter from the EU, describes planned demonstrations of automated road transport in 12 EU cities supported by a very good methodology for testing and evaluation for future deployments
Masdar blogging contest - Smart Cities and Sustainable Development - win a trip to Masdar with your entry.
Update on the demise of the Better Place electric vehicle effort in Israel and Denmark
Link to Energy Futures magazine - from MIT, - very uplifting, includes new focus on methods for moving inventions into production and use
Link to Transportation News - focused on alternatives that use clean energy
Updated YouTube video for the PRTproject concept now available - street level PRT concept that runs on rails with electric propulsion.
Megabus plans expansion in the U.S. - primarily for inter-city travel services
Study of traffic congestion in a wide range of cities around the globe using new measurement methods, by Wendell Cox, produces surprising results
ULTra Global PRT announces their participation in a major study of PRT in Taiwan, results expected in August, 2014
Link to article about self-driving planes, trains and trucks
Link to article about a pilot project in Geneva using a very quick-charging articulated bus
Link to YouTube video that shows multiple Vectus PRT vehicles in operation at Sucheon Bay, S. Korea
Link to op-ed item in support of the Portland Streetcar System
Link to a critique of the Portland Streetcar System, by John A. Charles, Jr.
Link to Citi-transmitter Community Vehicle System design study, by Vincent Chan
EU and China engage in joint effort to improve urban mobility in Chinese cities
Initial reports from the new Commuting in American study, free to download
Article summarizing testimony at a Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars, from the Detroit News
Update on North American Car-Sharing Market Trends, 2013 - substantial growth is revealed
Conference announcement: Transforming Transportation, Washington, D.C. at the World Bank, January 16-17, 2014 - focus on business investments in sustainable transport.
Link to the Facebook page for the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions (CATES) in Seattle - good way to keep up with breaking news from around the globe
Swedish request for comments on reasons why people wont discuss innovative transport opportunities - click on Traffic Blog
Link to presentations from the Stanford Road Vehicle Automation workshop held in July, 2013
Korean pilot project features electric buses and inductive charging testing
Link to a new dualmode concept called Netway in an article entitled "The Future of Roads: No Driving, No Emissions, Nature Reconnected
Conference announcement: Innomobility: Connected, Sustainable, Multi-modal Transportation, Greenville, S.Carolina, Nov. 6-7
Link to ET3 article in the Denver Post
Link to Big Think interview with the inventor of the SkyTran PRT concept, Doug Malewicki, March, 2010
The Modular Bus - link to an article by Tyler Folsom, published in Traffic Technology Internation magazine
Operational scale model of Mexican PRT system called Modutram - YouTube video, 1.06 minutes, uploaded in 2011 Modutram now has a full scale test track in operation
Link to TRB publication: Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd edition (includes chapter on demand-responsive modes)
Link to TEV concept website - features autonomous dualmode vehicles on an elevated guideway for high capacity, high speed travel within and between cities. Downloadable 71-page booklet with considerable detail on all aspects of this concept is also available, in English and Chinese (see the bottom of the main website page). TEV = Tracked Electric Vehicle.
Link to US DOT ITS Joint Program Office ITS Newsletter: August 2013
TAXICOL, new French dualmode system, elevated, GRT type vehicles, prototype vehicles shown at recent Geneva Auto Show
Spanish suspended PRT system obtains US Patent 8375865, high capacity pods, steerable, no switch required
Link to a new webpage about the Hyperloop concept for very high speed travel in a tube
Link to a paper entitled Self-Driving Tricycles, by Tyler Folsom
Final Report: MagneMotion Urban Maglev demo project at Old Dominion University, July, 2013
Two million US licensed drivers over age 85 now, many more in the future
Transportation and Development Institute Congress, Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014 - abstracts due July 31, can be done on-line
Link to an impressive video presenting a Straddling Bus concept - from China
Conference announcement: Innovations in Sustainable Transportation, Broomfield, Colorado, October 10-11, 2013
New Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions (CATES) established in Seattle
Link to program information for the TRB Vehicle Automation conference at Stanford U
Review of presentations at the recent APM conference in Phoenix - quite a lot of interesting material, especially about the Vectus application in S. Korea, by Will Ackel - currently, see the third item in this blog.
TIDE - Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe Newsletter #1
2013 World Transit Research Newsletter from Monash University in Australia
Central Japan Railway Co. unveils new high speed maglev prototype, testing program to begin
New report on declines in driving in the U.S. & Link to critique of this report by Wendell Cox
Doppelmayr ropeway carries autos on a suspended platform - YouTube video shows how it works.
TRB Summer Wordshop: Transportation - Driving a Sustainable Urban Environment, New Brunswick, NJ, July 22-25, 2013
German rail system to test foldable electric car for feeder/distributor system in Berlin
Mexican ModuTram PRT now operating a large test track, aerial photo available at their website (click on Productos)
Spanish company, Hiriko, designing and producing City Cars expected to be for sale in the near future - lots of photos
Update on City Car development and plans included in an article in the Financial Times, May 5, 2013. Includes a photo of the current vehicle design and plans to offer it for sale in the EU next year.
The Growing Transit Communities Strategy: Public Review Draft, Puget Sound Region
Vectus APM presentation.pdf
Moving Freight in Metropolitan Areas - Volpe Transportation Systems Center webinar in May
ATRA's response to San Jose's Automated Transit Network Studies - an open letter
Urbanaut monorail You Tube video now available, 10 minutes, illustrates Korean project: See http://www.urbanaut.com/ for more details
Link to a TED talk: How to Solve Congestion Problems, the experience of Stockholm, Sweden
Ingenuity Awards 2013, Urban Ideas in Action, transport systems entries wanted
Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation, July 16-19, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Energy for Tomorrow, conference sponsored by the New York Times, includes Future of Transport and Traffic on agenda, April, 2013
Link to article: Beyond Widgets- Envisioning a Real Transportation Revolution
Conference announcement: 14th National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, May 5-9, Columbus, Ohio
Link to a paper by Wendell Cox on Transit Policy in an Era of Diminished Federal Aid
Link to article entitled The End of Transportation Funding As We Know It
Chinese automakers race to Latin America's hot auto market, preparing to enter US market
Link to Forbes article (Part 5) entitled Here's How Automakers Can Still Win Against Google's Driverless Cars, by Chunka Mui (Links to Parts 1-4 are included, Part 6 is planned but not yet published)
Link to a New Vectus PRT presentation
Smart Cars newsletter from the Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering project
Conference announcement: 14th International Conference on APMs, Phoenix, AZ, April 21-24, 2013
Construction of Beijing's 1st urban maglev train to start soon
Link to a youtube video of a very interesting airport baggage handling system, from a German company
Heathrow announces plans for an additional PRT system
Every new car connected to the web by 2014?
Update on the Vectus PRT project in S. Korea - expected to open to the public in April
Emirates Air Line Cable Car, built by Doppelmayr, crosses the Thames River in London, select view to take a sride
Link to information about electric bikes for a variety of urban applications
New website - SMT Rail - includes an outstanding video, suspended GRT+ concept, also has dualmode capability
Toyota is testing autonomous vehicles in Michigan
Link to new JPods video - funds available, ready to build theme.
Side-by-side router compares driving, walking, biking and transit for A to B trips - Mobility Lab blog article
Exploratory Advanced Research solicitation from the Federal Highway Administration of the US DOT
ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport) selected as finalist for Katerva sustainability award - needs your vote to win
Link to Quarterly report: National Transportation Statistics, from the US DOT, includes 269 tables
Link to Automate Dualmode Newsletter, #5 - includes a link to a new SkyTran video from Plum TV
US DOT seeks stakeholder input as part of preparation of it's next strategic plan
New PORT PRT concept website eliminates need for stations, includes 6+ minute video
Pocket Guide for Transportation for 2013 now available from the US DOT
Presentation by Prof. A. Kornhauser (Princeton Univ.) on ITS, including PRT and Automated Highways (robotaxis).
Why driverless cars will trump transit rivals - especially PRT, by Richard Gilbert
Link to a review article about various electric car companies during 2012
Update on the Mexican Modutram GRT project, good video shows test facility and full scale prototype vehicle in operation
JPods and UK-based Equity Capital Ltd sign a letter of intent to build a large scale PRT system to help ease congestion in the Atlanta, GA region.
Copenhagn aims to be the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025
Link to the latest MicroWay presentation, featuring use of natural gas to generate off-grid electric power for operations
Link to a development study of a pneumatic path-guided transportation system, called TubeWay, from Germany, English available.
Link to a presentation that makes the case for an Automated Transit Network (ATN) application in Mountainview, California, by Rob Means
Call: Ecocity World Summit, Nantes Metropole, France 25-27 SEptember, 2013 - see the "shaping" category
Description of RITA's Technology Scanning and Assessment program
Link to New Vectus PRT overview article
Link to an update on the Vectus PRT project under construction at Suncheon Bay in S. Korea
Link to the Executive Summary of the Aerospace Corporation's ATN report to the City of San José, 4 pp.
Link to the Official ARUP and Aerospace Corporation Automated Transit Network (ATN) Feasibility Study, 10/17/2012 for San Jose, California
Aerospace Corporation's report to the San Jose ATN study released - 421 pages. Executive Summary a good place to begin a review.
iMobility Challenge consortium to promote safe, smart and clean mobility in the EU
Link to new Cities for Mobility video - in English, 6 minutes
Expanded information source for the 3G Roadway concept, including a copy of a book by Roger Davidheiser.
Monomobile dualmode system newsletters #5 and #6 now available
MegaRail website update now available
New slide show provides more detail about the Puget Pullway dualmode concept, being developed in Seattle
12th National Light Rail Conference: Sustaining the Metropolis, LRT and Streetcars for Super Cities, Salt Lake City, Novermber 11-13-2012
Auto Shuttle dualmode concept wins competition sponsored by Bombardier for new urban mobility ideas.
Link to article about privacy concerns stemming from California's robocar legislation
Major Parts of the Supplier's Technical Proposal, by Jeff Davis
Link to Automated Transit Networks, 46 slides, by Peter Muller, PRT Consulting
IEEE experts expect driverless cars to dominate the roadways by 2040
Link to the website for the Public Automated Cart Transportation (PACT), a maglev concept from India
19th ITS World Congress, Preview, Vienna, 22-26 October, 2012 (20 pp).
Discussion of Control System Attributes Relevant to Personal Rapid Transit Control Requirements, by Jeff Davis
Link to a paper entitled Energy and Autonomous Urban Land Vehicles, by Tyler Folsom
Will Robot Cars get Stuck in Policy Traffic?, by Joseph Coughlin, MIT Age Lab Director
Discussion of Brick Wall Stop issues, by Jeff Davis
Link to article about some possible future impacts of driverless cars on the status quo
Link to Borroni-Bird's Personal Urban Mobility presentation at the 2012 TRB Highway Automation conference
Link to Martin Lowson's presentation at the 2012 TRB Highway Automation conference
Implementing PRT: Client's Requirements that a Supplier Must Meet in a Proposal Review Process, by Jeff Davis
Financial resources requirements for a PRT project, by Jeff Davis
Michigan DOT prepares to test driverless cars
Link to article about the new Vectus PRT vehicle design by Pininfarina of Italy.
Link to an article about why urban transport innovation is so important in India, by Nathan Koren
Initial Korean maglev project at Incheon International Airport nearing completion
Current PRT projects and studies in India
Link to new website for the Northeast Corridor future rail improvement concepts (Boston - Washington)
Link to blog post by Peter Muller: Some paths to US personal rapid transit implementation
Link to the Transport and innovation Portal in the EU
Conference announcement: 6th Pod Car City, Berlin, September 18-21, 2012
Information about a Feasibility study, now underway, for the Colorado DOT I-70 project
Information about the process of certifying an innovative technology prior to opening it to the public.
Link to a website that describes a 2nd generation, high speed, switchable, maglev technology
New book: The Fight for Maglev, by Danby and Powell, available from Amazon.com
Link to the 19th Annual ITS World Congress, Vienna, Austria
Link to Driverless Car HQ
Review of three major transport technology studies for the USA during the past 44 years
Link to FeatherRail updated summary paper
MLab, which stands for Mobility Thinklab: is a new think lab for sustainable mobility and innovation in transport
High Speed Rail Conference, San Francisco, May 22-24
Link to the Flightrail website - uses atmospheric propulsion, 1/6th scale model in operation in California
Link to PRT article in Discover Magazine, by the Impatient Futurist
City Alternative Transport Systems (CATS) - EU project aimed at developing driverless taxis for urban applications
Link to video about MIT's City Car development and applications, driven with joystick
Link to a new video from the Danish RUF dualmode system
Link to new website for continuously moving belt in a tube for high density urban applications
IEEE Unveils Transportation Electrification Web Portal
TEDx video about a three-wheel EV being developed in Eugene, Oregon (15 min.)
TRB paper on a new approach to solving the empty PRT vehicle redistribution problem
Technology Strategy Board in the U.K. establishes a Transport Systems Catapult group
Three approaches to dealing with the PRT capacity issue
ULTra PRT wins a London Transport Award
ITS International launches new website
FasTran cantilevered monorail update - excellent technical brief
PRT industry status report: 2getthere, ULTra PRT and Vectus PRT
New book published: The Fight for Maglev, by James Powell and Gordon Danby
Publishing opportunity - Journal of Modern Transportation - based in China
"Mass transit gets personal", article in Discover magazine, April, 2012, currently print edition only, pp. 24-25, digital copy available in April. http://www.innovateuk.org/
Updated Bubbles and Beams video from Sweden, dualmode concept, 15,946 views to date
Elways - a Swedish electrified roadway concept - dualmode capability - funds for test track in Sweden have been obtained.
Beem Car - a suspended GRT vehicle under development in the U.K. - makes use of composites
PRT Developments, seminar presentation by Martin Lowson at the University College London
From Generation Gap to Mobility Gap: Preparing for New Transportation Policy Challenges in an Aging America
Information about the US DOT's Small Business Grant Program that supports transport innovations (next solicitation April 2, 2012)
Mixed-mode PRT and GRT needs to be examined and analyzed - here's an initial commentary
New excellent YouTube video about Vectus PRT
MIT City Car, Renamed Hiriko, Is Headed to Production
Modutram of Mexico has now opened the third operational PRT test track in the world
What People Really Want from Transportation Systems, by Peter Muller (2012 TRB presentation)
Ridesharing Methodology for Increasing PRT Capacity, by Peter Muller (2012 TRB presentation)
Barriers to Entry for advanced transit systems, by Sam Lott (2012 TRB presentation)
Updates on MagneMotion's Urban Maglev efforts at Old Dominion University and future M3 system plans
Link to a new dualmode concept description: Tubular Guideway Transit, by Jon Bogle
Conference announcement: Sustainable Mobility and Cities: Marrying Technology and Policy, Berkeley, CA., Feb. 23rd
A New Architectural Design of Elevated Small Group Automated Rapid Transit, paper published in the Journal of Public Transportation
An Assessment of City-Wide Applications of New Automated Transport Technologies, 13 pp, 5 authors
Compact, updated, description of three market-ready PRT systems (ULTra, Vectus and 2getthere)
ATRA Workshop: Maximizing Airport Landside Value, March 22, 2012, Baltimore-Washington Airport
World's largest urban PRT system announced for Indian city
Conference on Electric Roads and Vehicles, Park City, Utah, Feb. 17-17, 2012
Third International Summit on the State of the Connected Vehicle, Troy, Michigan, Jan. 18-19, 2012
New paper published on empty vehicle redistribution algoritms for large scale PRT and taxi systems
New book announcement: The Road Ahead: "Why Are We Driving 21st Century Cars on 20th Century Roads with 19th Century Thinking?" by Phil Tarnoff , link to a YouTube preview
SkyTran PRT (aka Unimodal) wins award in national innovative concepts contest
Better Place to start operations in Israel and Denmark in 2012, after 4 years and investments of $750 million
Evacuated Tube Transport wins award from DaVinci Institute (Best Commercial Product of the Year)
Conference announcement: 3rd International Monorail Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 14-16, 2011
Link to a paper titled The MaglevTube Puckpodcar for mass urban transportation, from South Africa
Link to a new dualmode concept called AutoMate, from Israel
Link to a Maglev 2011 keynote presentation: Status of Maglev Projects in the USA, by Larry Blow
Link to new dualmode concept called Bimodal Glideway
Link to slide show about Vectus PRT, entitled From Uppsala to Suncheon City, by Jõrgen Gustafsson
Link to an excellent video presentation of the EV-N electric vehicle prototypes and deployment concepts from General Motors
PRT system called ModuTram being developed in Mexico, prototype under construction
ULTra PRT officially opened to the public at Heathrow Airport in the U.K.
Link to updated website for Magne-Force's LEVX system
Link to Specifications of the Korean Urban Maglev system
Link to PodCar City Conference Newsletter #3, Stockholm, Sweden, September 6-8, 2011
Link to Future Transportation YouTube video - briefly shows 52 innovative concepts
Link to paper titled The Autonomous Tricycle, submitted to the 2012 meetings of the Transportation Research Board, by Tyler Folsom
Link to PodCar City Conference newsletter #2, 5.5 meg, Stockholm, Sweden, September, 6-8, 2011
Link to new Heathrow Airport video showing ULTra vehicles in operation
Link to Fontinalis Partners website - venture capital firm focused on innovations in transportation, based in Detroit. MI.
Link to paper titled Reallocation of Empty Personal Rapid Transit vehicles en Route, by Ingmar Andréasson
Conference announcement: 4th Annual Forum - Roads for Tomorrow, Rome, November 9-11, 2011
Link to an Early View abstract for a paper titled Simulation-based analysis of personal rapid transit: service and energy performance assessment,
by Katharina Mueller and Sgouris P. Sgouridis, forthcoming in the Journal of Advanced Transportation
Link to new, compact description of current Personal Rapid Transit system attributes, prepared by ATRA Industry Group, 2 pp, illustrated.
Link to a paper titled Modelling and Simulation of a PRT Network, by Castangia and Guala, 2011, 13 pp.
Link to new Personal Rapid Transit information source, several languages provided
Update on MIT's CityCar project
Link to report from the MIT Energy Initiative's Symposium on Electrification of the Transportation System, April, 2010, 156 pp.
Position Paper: Urban Mass Transit Administration's Program of Development and Deployment of Automated Guideway Transit, by J.E. Anderson, June 1979, 25 pp.
PodCar City conference Newsletter #1 now available (Stockholm, September 6-8, 2011)
New partnership announced: Roadway Electrification and Automation (PREA), centered at Utah State University
Link to new video from Santa Cruz, CA, about their congestion and a range of PRT solutions, 14 minutes
Link to article about global land use trends of importance to future transport planning: The Dispersionist Manifesto, by Joel Kotkin
Link to report: Potential Viability of Advanced Transit at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Center for Transportation Studies, U of Minnesota
Conference announcement: 5th PodCar City: Tomorrow's Lifestyle Today, Stockholm, Sweden, September 6-8, 2011
Link to Skyway website - concept features dualmode vehicles using an electrified guideway
Link to Final Report: Review of potential radical future transport technologies and concepts, from the EU, June 2010
Link to a report by Princeton U students on their study of a state-wide PRT network for New Jersey, 318 pp
Link to the Thinking Highways magazine - North American edition
Free ATS/CityMobile PRT network design and simulation tool for the ULTra PRT technology now available
Future mobility takes centre stage in Germany in May
New book: The Third Generation Roadway: Metropolitan Transport for the 21st Century, by Roger Davidheiser - quite inspirational, good graphics, paperback, 287 pp. Information about the content of the book and several pictures are
Link to the Electric Drive Transportation Association
Shanghai 2030 video - featuring EV-N dualmode vehicles from General Motors China
13th International Conference on Automated Peoplemovers and Urban Transit Systems, Paris, May 22-26, 2011
Bubble Motion PRT concept from BMDesign in Finland
Link to new PRT video featuring ULTra PRT, from India, 7 min. (withdrawn, no longer available)
Link to white paper: Preparing the EU Transport Area for the Future, 31 page roadmap to 2050
Link to new portal for urban transport mobility solutions launched in the EU
Link to a Cellular Mass Transit concept - devised by some people in Austin, TX
Link to the facts about Daventry's PRT investigations (a U.K. community)
Link to Pillar Track Regional People Mover concept, from Austria
An Invitation to a New Transportation Mode, by Tyler Folsom, 8 pp.
Ridership Effects of PRT with Mass Transit, by Ingmar Andréasson, 16 pp.
Link to Hiriko website in northern Spain - building MIT's CityCars - excellent illustrations
Link to new website for Freedom Transit - a dualmode concept for passenger and freight travel on electrified guideways. Additional details are provided in a 1 page WhyFT? statement and a 30 page paper.
Sky Ride Technology offers a suspended monorail -type human powered personal vehicle
Masdar launches an electric vehicle pilot study
Personal Rapid Transit presentation to the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, December 16, 2010, by J.E. Anderson (slides used)
Link to the long range plan for the PRT system at West Virginia University in Morgantown (401 pp., takes a while to download).
Link to paper entitled Social Ramifications of Autonomous Urban Land Vehicles, by Tyler C. Folsom
Link to website in northern Spain that describes work on MIT's CityCar, includes video
Presentations and videos from the PodCar conference in San Jose, CA., now available
Video of Masdar City personal rapid transit (PRT, Podcar) system in operation
Video from MISTER PRT shows ground level station concept-- other recent videos also available
Link to Trains of the Future: a Popular Science archived 10-slide show of 20th century concepts
Passenger Terminal Expo 2011, March 29-31, Copenhagen, Denmark (programme includes a session entitled PRT for Airports and Cities with 14 presentations, March 30th (billed as a World Class Airport Conference).
Masdar's first building complex opens, podcar picture, top row, right side, click to enlarge
From Italy to China on Autopilot, Wired magazine article about an autonomous vehicle trial
Brief description of the Suncheon Bay Project in South Korea, by Vectus PRT
A Summary Report from the Personal Rapid Transit Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 18, 2010 - Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, 20 pp. (link on left side of page)
New website - People-Express Thruway - the PET Solution, based in Hawaii
Link to GM Blue Paper: Roadmap to 2030 - GM Sustainable Urban Mobility, 11/2010, 32 pp
Link to reports from the Ithaca, NY, PRT study
Link to a YouTube video about an autonomous taxi project in Germany
Link to Guidebook for Planning and Implementing Automated Peoplemovers at Airports, 229 pp.
Link to news about ULTra PRT
Link to an article that offers some explanation of the decision to limit PodCar deployment in Masdar
Bike Metro - new Danish invention features dualmode bike network for sustainable urban travel, video also available
Link to the new website for the Labis train for high speed and intraurban applications
Shweeb monorail wins $1 million from a Google competition about improving transportation in cities
Link to new MISTER YouTube video
Link to new website featuring TOD and Smart Growth news
Information about William Alden's DAVe (Dual-mode Autonomous Vehicle) System being developed in Massachusetts
Link to a new mass transit concept called Fastran - a cantilevered monorail
Link to a new brochure for the General Transport System Foundation in Sweden, 12 pp. Also, see the Bubbles and Beams video that is very similar to the GTS concept.
Link to new publication from the U.K. - Guidelines for Implementers of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
ACCESS magazine (Spring, 2010 issue) now available in digital form, published by the University of California Transportation Center in Berkeley
Reinventing Transport blog from Professor Paul Barter in Singapore
Back to the Futurama with cooperative mobility (two Futurama videos and one Intel video)
Link to a major update of website for Modern Transportation Systems Corporation - an innovative maglev approach
Sustainable Urban Mobility 2020, July-August Futurist article, by Ryan Chin of MIT's Media Lab
Maps of home-based work trip patterns, within and between subregions, in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, 1990 forecast data
Link to the website for the PRT conference at Heathrow airport, September 21-23, 2010
Newsletter about forthcoming 4th PodCar City conference, San Jose, California, program and early registration information
Link to new 21st century "superway" presentation by MegaRail
List of 21 responses to Minnesota DOT Request for Interest on PRT
Excellent thesis presentation of a PRT study for Eskilstuna, Sweden, by Thomas Höjemo (supervised by Goran Tegnér)
ITS America Transportation Technology News - subscriptions available
Dual Mode Transportation - A Revolution in Motion, by Andrew Andrusko
Link to new report that analyzes the Danish RUF dualmode system's capacity
Link to Pod Car 4 conference website, San Jose, California, October 27-29, 2010 - early bird registration ends in July
Link to new personal website for Francis D. Reynolds - includes his e-book about dualmode transportation
Link to summary of the Modern Mobility conference held in Kansas City, Kansas - focus was on a PRT study.
Link to a video that provides some images and details about the PRT system at Masdar, now under construction
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) - Automated People Mover (APM) Comparison, by PRT Expert Peter Muller
Link to a description of a deployment roadmap (strategy) for Robocars
Link to update of the US DOT's ITS Strategic Research Plan
Amberglen PRT network study, Portland, Oregon suburb
Link to a US DOT white paper: Achieving the Vision: From VII to Intellidrive
Conference announcement: PodCar City, San Jose, California, October 27-29,2010
Honda invents Segway-like scooter that could help with first/last mile problem - excellent YouTube video provided
Link to new website: FHWA Livability Programs Initiative
New General Transportation Systems foundation established in Sweden
Call for Papers: @LHR2010, 21-23 September, 2010, Heathrow Airport, deadline for Abstracts, 14 May 2010
Link to the latest ULtra PRT Heathrow video - features multiple passenger testing
Link to new webpage focused on MIT's Mobility-on-Demand project at their Media Lab
Passenger Terminal Expo 2010 – Summary of PRT Presentations
Short course announcement and illustrated flyer: Modern Mobility: What is PRT and Why Should You Care?, April 23, 2010, Kansas City, Kansas
Urbanaut releases specifications for its PRT version
Bigger is not always Better, article in Passenger Terminal World, March 2010, pp 64-68, by Peter Muller
Article about PRT in Cities-for-Mobility e-magazine, pp 11-13, Vectus PRT photo on the cover
Link to paper entitled "Development and Evaluation of Traffic Management Strategies for PRT", by Pengjun Zheng, David Jeffrey and Mike McDonald, U of Southhampton, U.K.
The Gondola Project - a cable-propelled transit primer
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) proposal in India - PRT being considered as a transport component - very impressive concepts
The Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) is a free database featuring up-to-date information on European transport research activities. It enables policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to access results of EU or nationally financed transport research in the European Research Area (ERA).
Link toa Summary of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Papers and Presentations at the Transportation Research Board meeting, January, 2010
Link to a report on the 2010 ATRA Technix meeting, held at the U of Maryland, by Stan Young. Includes an excellent BBC video that features the ULtra PRT project at Heathrow airport.
Link to Strategic Research Directions, Priorities and Performance Metrics for Implementing Personalized Transit in Urban Areas, submitted on behalf of the Advanced Transit Association to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the US Department of Transportation, 7 pp.
Minnesota DOT issues a Request for Interest about Personal Rapid Transit, 10 pages
Links to a new website for Zesttrans - a Russian dualmode and PRT concept, English version provided
Link to a paper entitled "Improving Transportation Requires New Solution", by Peter Muller (10 pp)
JPods releases long-term deployment plan
Masdar video from Gulf News - walking tour
Winona, Minnesota, City Council agrees to apply for $25 M to develop a PRT demonstration
PRT vehicle testing underway at the Masdar eco-city in Abu Dhabi
Conference announcement: High Speed Rail 2010: Bringing HSR to America, Orlando, FL, March 4-5, 2010
Podcars - new travel on track: A sustainable travel option (summary of Swedish Government study, in English)
How to design a PRT guideway, by J. Edward Anderson
Link to news and a new video from String Transport in Russia
Link to Monocab VRT in Australia, patents pending
PRT Niche Options for Minnesota, including Edina, St. Paul and Rochester network illustrations
Link to new dualmode concept from Switzerland - a microcar-train combination - forthcoming in 2010
Link to a thesis that describes a Dualmode concept called Speedway, by Christian Foerg of Germany (English version, well -illustrated)
Link to CNN video on the Masdar eco-city status
Link to Notes on the content of a PRT Symposium held in Rochester, Minnesota, enhanced with contact links for various
participants and agencies
Link to a major update of the ULTra PRT website
Adaption of a Harvard Business School teaching case on PRT, by Prof. Ben Edelman
Link to PodCar conference newsletter #4
Link to new website for the Masdar eco-city in Abu Dhabi - lots of videos and an image gallery
Link to PRT brochure from Winona, Minnesota - Winona is Ready!
New Shweeb website now available - a suspended, human-powered monorail, with switching and off-line stations
New blog that's relevant to dualmode interests - initial entry describes ITS-Park, an automated parking concept.
Link to Zest PRT (Russia) website - new videos have been added
Evolution of PRT, by J. Edward Anderson
San Jose, California, releases a Request for Proposals for their PRT project (54 pages, proposals due December 18, 2009)
Conference announcement: Innotrans 2010, Berlin, Germany, September 21-24, 2010 (see marketing movie, available in 10 different languages)
MIT weekly transportation seminar underway, includes overview video presentation by Associate Dean Barnhart.
Conference announcement: Polis - EU Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions, Brussels, December 10-11, 2009 (Lowson, Lohmann and Jan Van Dijke, TNO are presenting)
Link to Intrago Mobility website - personal electric vehicles - on-demand
Link to conference announcement: Transportation Summit 2009, Portland, OR, November 4-6.
Link to a new MegaRail presentation - describes and illustrates its high-speed cargo system
Conference announcement: 3rd METRANS National Urban Freight Conference, October 21-23, 2009, Long Beach, California
Link to new website by group interested in encouraging PRT in Austin, TX.
Invasion of the PodCars - link to article in Boston.com - Ideas section
Link to 3rd International PodCar Conference Newsletter #3
Summary of Swedish PodCar Study, in English
Are They Ready? - Mega-Regions Growth and Transportation Investment in 22 American Mega-Regions
World's first city-wide PRT system underway at the Masdar eco-city in Abu Dhabi
New book information: Automated Transport Systems for Sustainable Urban Mobility, by Tom Voge, August '09 (see Amazon.com for details, Paperback, $75.
Link to the International Monorail Association, based in the Netherlands
SkyTran (aka Unimodal) partners with NASA on development of control software
Conference announcement: Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Energy Conservation, & Fall Maintenance,
October 4-6, '09, St. Louis, Missouri (agenda only)
Conference announcement: 21st Annual Public Private Ventures in Transportation, Sept. 24-25 '09, Washington, D.C.
Conference announcement: PodCar City COP 15, December 9-10, 2009, Malmö, Sweden
TRANSvisions: Final Report on Transport Scenarios with a 20 and 40 Year Horizon, March, 2009, 244 pp.
Consultation on the future of transport in the EU
Editorial: Mr. Kasai goes to Washington (Japanese High Speed Train - rail and maglev - experiences)
CargoTunnel - an underground system for goods movements to/from various locations within a city
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner for 2009 - MIT Media Labs City Car and Roboscooter: Sustainable Mobility and Mobility on Demand Systems
Integrated Urban Transportation Network Congress, 2009, Shanghai, China, 9/3-4/2009
3rd PodCar City conference newsletter #1, Malmo, Sweden, December '09
Hyundai Rotem (So. Korea) urban maglev webpage (go to Rail Systems > Products > MAGLEV'S)
Chinese video clip shows the new Beijing maglev prototype running on its Tangshan test track.
Speedway: a new dualmode concept from Germany (website and video)
ULTra PRT at Healthrow Airport begins final series of tests before opening to the public in late 2009
An Intelligent Transportation Network System (ITNS): Rationale, Attributes, Status, Economics, Benefits and Courses of Study for Engineers and Planners, by J. Edward Anderson, 35 pp.
Link to new Sky Tram website - a suspended mass transit concept that uses old airplane fuselages
Mott MacDonald appointed lead designer for Masdar infrastructure
Boeing's Personal Rapid Transit history
China develops low speed maglev system for applications within urban areas
Link to paper about implementation the PRT plan for the Masdar eco-city: Introducing PRT to the Sustainable City, by Lohmann and Guala - a very extensive description of the plan, 15 pp.
Link to Brick Wall Stops and PRT, by Richard Gronning
Link to a Summary of the 15 PRT papers presented at the 12th International APM '09 conference in Atlanta, GA,
June '09, by Peter Muller
PRT Plans in several Swedish Cities, by G. Tegnér, extensive review of current PRT planning studies in Sweden, 21 pp
Links to two additional analytical papers regarding PRT in Swedish Cities, by G. Tegnér
Extending PRT Capabilities, by Ingmar Andreasson - explores ways to increase the capacity and speed of PRT
Link to the official blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray La Hood
ULTra PRT circulator network presentation for the Perimeter Center major activity center in Atlanta, Georgia
New website for sustainable transport interests: Thecityfix - global scope
Air Car update - inventor Guy Negre with Airpod compressed air-powered cars
FTA report on low speed maglev research program - focused on lessons learned, March, 2009, 47 pp.
The Tipping Point? - PP presentation at the Heritage Foundation, May 13, '09, by transportation analyst Alan E. Pisarski
Conference announcement: Cities for Mobility, Stuttgart, Germany, June 14-16, 2009
Open PRT specification project: Rethinking PRT design - a blog
Conference report: , April, '09, PRT at Heathrow Airport, by Peter Muller
Conference announcement: International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment, Paris, June 24-26, '09
Link to an ATRA report about the Carbon-Free Mobility conference held in Oakland, CA,
Link to PP presentation from America 2050 - Visualizing the Future - a national megaregional-based transport vision
Updated description of the PRTsim software system for planning, designing and analyzing the operational attributes of PRT networks
Major update of ULTra PRT website: information about Heathrow airport project, proposals in San Jose, Santa Cruz and Alameda Point, implementation customization, details on vehicles, guideway, stations, control, capacity, environmental benefits, safety certification, solar, ATS staff, partners and history.
Link to a RUF concept that makes use of PUMA-like vehicles
Three new marketing presentations from Megarail: Low carbon alternative to traditional Texas turnpikes and Commuter Rail proposal for the Dallas-Ft. Worth region (applicable to other large metropolitan regions), Near-term I-25 & I-70 Mountain Corridor Solution (Colorado).
APM '09 conference PreProgram now available: Connecting People, Connecting Places, Connecting Modes
Proposal for a solar-powered new town in SW Florida at large Babcock Ranch site - includes electric transportation
Link to some good PUMA information at Segway's website
General Motors announces its Personal Urban Mobility and Access (PUMA) concept (a joint venture with Segway)
Link to new English version of Schmid Peoplemover website
Conference announcement: City Mobil, Finland, May 8, '09 - program info in English
PRT conference at Heathrow Airport in April , 21-23 '09 - Final Program and Registration Information
Link to historical document: Lea Transit Compendium on PRT, 46 pages, 1975 (includes 11 system descriptions)
Link to historical document: Lea Transit Compendium: PRT Supplement, 21 pages, 1975 (updates on two systems)
Link to Intransition magazine - look for article entitled "Unconventional Transportation: Reinventing the Wheel", Winter '09, pp 11-18
Photo update on Magplane project in Inner Mongolia - construction of a maglev coal transport system is underway
Link to a new Sky Taxi website, mostly in Russian but has some content in English
Link to a 60 minute video on Transrapid maglev history and Shanghai installation - very instructive
Press release: MIT to take on global transportation challenges - will generate 21st century solutions
Link to planned research program of the Federal Transit Administration, Fiscal Years 09-13
President Obama's Urban Policy agenda
Link to: The Transit Wire - information about emerging transit technologies
Japanese HSST urban maglev brochure used in Honolulu, HI, now available on-line
Abu Dhabi public transport plan revealed - includes three PRT projects
Can We Transform the Auto-Industrial Society? , New York Review of Books
Preliminary program: Carbon-Free Mobility conference, Oakland, CA, March 6, 2009
PRT study by Ingmar Andreasson for Södertälje, Sweden - contains superb graphics
Link to new website for the Multi-flow Air Car
SkyTran gets letter of interest form Marin County, California, supervisors, regarding a possible project
Link to new website for Vehicle-Infrastructure-Integration (VII) activities
Conference announcements: Carbon-Free Mobility, March '09, Oakland, CA and ATRA Heathrow, Heathrow Airport, April, '09
Link to Newsletter #5 which provides an update on the City Mobil projects in the EU
Automated Electric Transportation objectives at Utah State University elab
Presentations at the ATRA (Advanced Transit Association) 2009 Technix meeting are now available on-line
Car-free Masdar City will run on green cars
PRT gets another chance at life, article in Venture magazine
Link to paper by Dr. Mogge of CH2M Hill about the Masdar PRT project
Link to National Journal Transportation Blog, contributions by Expert Insiders
Photos of Masdar PRT vehicle from the World Energy Forum exhibition in Abu Dhabi
Article about Masdar, located in Abu Dhabi - site of the first areawide PRT application in the world
Transforming America's Transportation Future, Automated Electrified Transportation (AET) vision paper
Virginia DOT report to the legislature on the status of PRT systems
Urbanaut monorail project underway in Incheon, Korea
Rail Meets the Road with the TriTrack http://tinyurl.com/bqh5fe
Eulogy to Dr. Jack H. Irving, PRT pioneer at the Aerospace Corporation, by J Edward Anderson
New Vectus PRT videos on YouTube; one is a new animation, the other shows operations in the snow, in Uppsala, Sweden
Conference announcement: 12th International Conference on Automated Peoplemovers, Atlanta, GA, May31-June 3, 2009
Link to website that describes an AirCar venture
Link to information about City of San Jose's interests in an Automated Transportation Network
Link to the EU's #1 web portal on urban transport and mobility - now in its 10th year
Call for Papers: PRT at LHR (Heathrow airport) conference, April 21-23, '09
Link to illustration of several innovative systems for getting around town in the future: Forbes magazine, December 22, 2008 issue
Link to a collection of recent ULTra PRT pictures at Heathrow Airport in the U.K.
Link to a new Russian website that illustrates PRT-Zest and Tram-Zest concepts - both have dualmode capabilities
NICHES + Newsletter: New and Innovative Concepts for Helping European Transport Sustainability Towards Implementation,
December, 2008, Issue 1.
EU Video: The Hands-Free Future for Transport, 8 minutes, includes City Mobil and Heathrow Airport
MonoMobile and Monofreight Newsletter #4 - describes new development funding prospects
Link to new company called Fastransit - working with Applied Levitation (see videos) on a switchable Maglev GRT/PRT concept
Florida Solar Energy Center to support solar-powered monorail system (SkyTrain) development (press release)
Conference announcement: Intermodes, February 4-5, 2009, Brussels, Belgium
Link to: Mobility on Demand: Future Transportation in Cities, Smart Cities, MIT Media Lab, June, 2008
MIT Mobility on Demand Implementation Study Reports, 2008: Florence, Lisbon, Shanghai and San Francisco
Entire SeaTac Major Investment Study is now available on-line - resulted in a PRT network being selected as the preferred alternative
New website for PRT International launched - J. Edward Anderson is Managing Director.
What happened at the PodCar conference in Ithaca, NY, September, 2008?
Automated Transit Network Demonstration Project Request for Interest and follow-up Q&A, San Jose, California
Maglev 2008 conference program now available, December 15-18, 2008, San Diego, California
Santa Cruz, California, solicits RFQs for a PRT study, pre-submission conference October 30, proposals due Nov. 13, '08
MegaRail prototype vehicle video now available on YouTube (click here for background presentation)
Table of Contents for the Daventry PRT Scoping Study, and link to the entire document, 160+ pp.
Daventry District Council (U.K.) issues Prior Information Notice for procurement of a PRT pilot project
Link to City Gondola website - suspended GRT concept
Link to Beamways website, a suspended PodCar system under development in Sweden
Link to SkyTrolley website, suspended bus, good video available (DVD or YouTube), under development in British Columbia, Canada
Link to Metrail monorail website - low cost monorail system.
Link to pictures of Rotem's Daejeon maglev monorail 1-km demo site, in Korea. Inchon International Airport project being planned for 2012.
Automated Road Vehicles website
Korean urban maglev project described in Railway Gazette article
Update of the ATI - Advanced Guideway System website
1978 video of 1/10 scale PRT model developed by the Aerospace Corporation
Some details on the Dual Mode Vehicle (road and rail) development effort in Japan
Conference Announcement: Monorailex 2008, How to Move the People, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec. 10-11, '08
Work begins on the Monometro suspended monorail application in Saudi Arabia
International Seminar: Automation for Urban Transport, Sept. 19 '08, La Rochelle, France
PodCar City conference newsletter-2 now available
2008 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle demand and systems analyis update study released by the FTA
Self-funding Commuter Rail that Really Works, a presentation by MegaRail Transportation
Beyond Oil, Transforming Transportation - Agenda for the Annual TransTech Conference, September 4-5, '08 - Microsoft Event Center, Redmond, WA
MicroRail passenger & cargo monorail/LRT/BRT + freeway alternative - presentation
20th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives, 15-18 December, '08
San Diego, California
Offer of Participation for novel German maglev system - Details at website, currently only in German
New PRT website - concept only, features vehicles operating on the street on rails
Futrex System21 monobeam system offered for sale
MISTER suspended PRT system investor offering document now available
Transportation for America, new coalition of advocates for transportation improvements
Pod Car City conference newsletter, #1, July 25, 2008
European Transport Conference 2008, October 6-8, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands
Seminar announcement: Smart Campus Mobility using PRT, Harvard Graduate School of Design, August 22, 2008
Robosoft delivers three driverless vehicles using autonomous GPS guidance - includes YouTube video
15th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, New York City, November 16-20, 2008: ITS Connections: Saving Time, Saving Lives: Conference Program details, 80 pages. Technical sessions and demonstrations planned.
12th International Conference on Automated Peoplemovers, May 31-June 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia - call for Abstracts and Program Information
Hydrogen: Hope or Hype? - Design News Special Report
News regarding Swedish SkyCab PRT activities
New BAA Heathrow ULTra PRT video on YouTube
Scope of National Academy of Sciences study: American's Energy Future, report with transportation content, final report expected in January, 2009
Guideway Transportation System with Integrated Magnetic Levitation Suspension, Stabilization and Propulsion Functions, USPTO Patent Application 20080148991
Personal Rapid Transit: Preempting the Need for Oil in Urban Transport, by Bill James
Futuropolis 2058: Creating Sustainable Urban Environments Through Innovation, Singapore, October 21-22, 2008
Some details about the Masdar eco-city in Abu Dhabi, now under construction
Call for Papers: Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Challenge, Marseille, France, June 2009
Dual Mode System Design "Absolutes", by Kirston Henderson of MegaRail, formulated initially in 2000, with additions in 2008
Proposed System Design Requirements for a Dual Mode Transport System - derived from the CEETI study of dual mode transport
Low Carbon Vehicle development to receive major boost with funds from the U.K. government - 13 projects currently underway,
three more planned (press release) For overview, go to the Technology Strategy Board > Innovation Platforms > Low Carbon Vehicles
RUF publishes an Investor Prospectus - good summary of current status
Full report: Dual Mode Vehicle and Infrastructure Alternatives Analysis, by Christine Ehlig-Economides and Jim Longbottom, Texas A&M University and Texas Transportation Institute, April, 2008. 136 pp. Also available on-line is the Executive Summary and Table of Contents
These latter two pages also provide CEETI's definition of Dual Mode, a link to a video that illustrates one type of dual mode system and a link to descriptions of a wide variety of other systems currently being developed around the world.
Link to a new Dual Mode concept called Railbus, being developed in the Netherlands
PRT Activism: Strategies and Attitudes Toward Conventional Transit, by Nathan Koren, 5/2008, 21 pp
Fundamentals of Personal Rapid Transit (the complete book), by Jack Irving, et al, 1977, now available on-line
17th Annual ULI Conference: Developing Master-Planned Communities, Washington, D.C., June 12-13, 2008
Simulated fly-through of Masdar eco-city, with NPR article, by Foster+Partners, 5 minute video
PRT Applicability to Sustainability, by Peter Muller
Link to European Local Transport Information Service - aims to be the #1 portal on clean urban transport in Europe
Cities-for-Mobility publishes first eMagazine, contains lots of relevant articles
Link to a website about folding bicycles - deals with first/last mile problem
New Aerotrain website - provides history of this effort by Rohr Industries in early 1970s to develop a tracked air cushion vehicle
(TACV) for 60 passengers with a speed of 150 mph.
Conference Announcement: Opportunities in Transportation Infrastructure, Washington, D.C., May 14-16, '08
Scomi Transportation Systems now marketing its second generation monorail to SE Asia and the Middle East
2008 Pocket Guide to transportation statistics, now available on-line
International Transport Statistics Database website launched, includes all G8 nations and others
A New Business Model for Urban Transportation, illustrates a transit utility concept using a PRT application example in the Dulles Airport Corridor in Northern Virginia, by Paul Hoffman, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, January '08, Power Point file, 14 megs
Conference Announcement: Cities-for-Mobility, World Congress, June 1-4, 2008, Stuttgart, Germany, English version
Program of the National Hydrogen Association conference, Sacramento, California, March 30-April 3, 2008
Link to an Automotive X-Prize competition blog for current information
Conference Announcement: The Pod Car City: Sustainable Transportation, Sept. 14-16, 2008, Ithaca, New York
New MegaRail presentation describes their Commuter Rail product - has dualmode capability
MegaRail's proposal for the Trans Texas Corridor concept
Relaunch of Intransition magazine: Transportation Planning, Practice and Programs
Link to the Transport Research Knowledge Center in the EU
3rd Annual Texas Transportation Forum, Austin, Texas, April 20-22, 2008 (includes session on the "future")
Link to a large and excellent collection of innovative transport videos at a website in Norway
Added new subsecond-headways page at ITT website
Magplane signs $1.9 M design contract with Inner Mongolia (see Latest News for press release)
ULtra PRT/Heathrow project update, includes several ground and one aerial photo of built guideway
High Tech Monorails - 2 disc DVD set now available, world wide coverage of operational systems, includes Shanghai Transrapid maglev
Conference announcement: Cooperative Vehicle Infrastructure Systems, March 31 - 1 April, Amsterdam
Link to "Some History of 32 PRT Simulation Programs", new paper by J.E. Anderson
Aerobus gains final approval for completion of high profile project in Weihai, China
Link to a PRT-focused website based in New Zealand
Link to a paper entitled A PRT/Airport Automated Peoplemover (APM) Comparison, 9 pp, by Peter Muller
Comparative Visualization: PRT & Conventional Mass Transit, by Peter Muller (Power Point presentation, reader needed)
Link to a small electric vehicle concept from Switzerland, called Acabion
Conference announcement: Maglev 2008, 15-18 December '08, San Diego, California
Forum 2008: Transport and Energy: The Challenge of Climate Change, Leipzig Conference Centre, 20-30 May 2008
MagneMotion receives $6.9 M award from FTA to continue urban maglev development work (press release)
Using PRT for goods movements - concepts and illustrations
Update on ULTra PRT installation at Heathrow Airport, includes construction pictures and videos
Link to new Australian Skyrail monorail website
Links to two excellent student project reports; one deals with the design of RUF junctions, the other deals with the design of a RUF route. Both are very impressive examples of what talented and motivated students with good direction can do.
PRT - the connective tissue of better mobility, by J. Schneider
Link to a new RUF movie, mostly animation but also shows prototype vehicle in operation
2nd Annual City Logistics Expo, Padova, Italy, 27-29 November 2008
Transportation blog initiatied by French student - contributions and comments welcome
New contribution to the Dualmode debate page: An Interface Standard for a General Transport System, by Bengt Gustafsson
New contribution to PRT debate page: Fitting PRT into an Existing Multimodal Environment, by Richard Gronning
New book entitled Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight without Oil, by Gilbert and Perl, Table of Contents, forthcoming, January, 2008
Severe shortfalls in current public transport - and why podcars may make the difference, by Göran Tegnér
Transportation Research Board publication: Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle-Highway Automation, 2007
New brochure from Vectus PRT now available on-line
HOVER - High Occupancy Vehicles on Express Routes -- ride sharing concept from New Zealand
Link to Cities-for-Mobility website - a global network of cities dealing with urban mobility issues
Link to A General Transport System - paper from the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis (SIKA)
Link to Automated Transport Systems website - describes preferred attributes of a dualmode system
TRB Session on Dual-Mode Transportation: Benefits and Challenges
Link to City Mobil project website - a large scale effort in the EU to develop automated urban transport systems
Videos of presentations at the October PodCar conference in Uppsala now available on-line
Updated SkyWeb Express website now available
Vectus PRT Quicktime movie that shows one vehicle being operated on Uppsala test track
BBC CyberCar demo video from the Daventry PRT conference
Updated, excellent, Bubbles and Beams PRT video from Sweden on YouTube
Conference: Sustainability - the Future of Transportation, Anaheim, CA, Dec. 2-5, 2007
Magplane to build maglev pipeline in Mongolia
Book: Transit Systems Theory by J. Edward Anderson, 1978, now available on-line, 20 MB download
Announcement: Transportation Research Board, Annual Meeting, January 13-17, Washington, D.C.
ATRA 2008 Call for Papers for January '08 meeting (date changed to January 12)
Major feasibility study from SkyWeb Express - includes results from several large scale simulations - 43 pp
National Geographic video report on Transrapid Maglev development and initial application in China
New ULTra PRT animation on YouTube
Two new videos now available for Ollie Mikosza's MISTER PRT system from Poland
Updated Tubeway website from Germany, now features thin film PV for solar energy collection
New marketing brochure from SkyWeb Express: Product Introduction
Updated invitation to The Podcar City conference and details of the conference program, October 1-2, Upsalla, Sweden
CargoRail Port Operating Plan presentation for Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles assessment, 9/2007, 10 pp.
Two PRT articles are published in the September issue of Transport Times in the U.K. > click on Current Issue
Conference announcement: 1st World Forum on Sustainable Mobility, Nantes, France, December 9-12, 2007
Austin, TX, inventor of TriTrack to be included in the Automotive X Prize competition
Update for the Flyda monobeam technology - patents have expired and are now in the public domain
National Automated Highway System Consortium Reports from 1997 now available online -
includes details from San Diego automated vehicle technologies at Demo '97.
New System 21 blog, illustrations, technical details and general discussion, by Larry Edwards
Conference Announcement - Daventry Transport, September 26, 2007 (located in the U.K.)
Compendium of Innovative Transport Design, Planning and Operational Simulation Software Packages - update
PRT Standards conference, Minneapolis (Fridley), MN, September 19, 2007, sponsored by ATRA
PRT simulation software course by Ed Anderson now available
Collaboration among Mutually Dependent Players is Required to Achieve Large Scale Change in a Ground Transportation System, by Jim Longbottom
Development of the Containerization Industry as a Close Analogy for PRT Advocates, by Nathan Koren
Video that explains Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi, includes PRT circulation system > go to media centre > video files
PRT article in Business 2.0 magazine, June 1, issue, now posted at CNN website (it's mostly about the ULTra PRT project at Heathrow Airport)
Customer Response to a Dual Mode Personal Rapid Transit System, MBA Thesis by Yonas Jongkind, Simon Fraser University, 2006, 74 pp.
International PRT Conference, October 1-2, 2007, Uppsala, Sweden - information now available
Report on the Feasibility of PRT in Santa Cruz, California, by Jeral Poskey
New eco-city project in Abu Dhabi will be auto-free and use a PRT technology for internal circulation > go to NEWS, page 3
Applicability of Tax Increment Financing or Business Improvement Districts to Building Personal Rapid Transit, by Jeral Poskey
Video from Swedish TV showing Vectus PRT test facility in operation, with English translation
New dualmode animation from Qwiklane, 9+ minutes
Bubbles and Beams - a delightful PRT/dualmode animation from Sweden
Paper on linear motor design for close and secure control of numerous vehicles on a guideway now available
New website: Next generation of mass transit - NOWAIT Transit of Sweden
Report on a PRT seminar held in Luleå, Sweden
Call for Papers, 2nd Annual National Urban Freight Conference 2007, December 5-7, Long Beach, California
Call for Papers, Chinese conference on Urban Transport, Beijing, August 2-4, 2007
New Jersey PRT Study Final Report released, 144 pp, pdf format
New PRT system concept, called Y-Rail from Austria
City of Luleå, Sweden, encouraged to consider a PRT application (located 940 km north of Stockholm)
PRT consulting firm launches new website, focused on PRT applications in So. California.
Japanese Dual Mode Vehicle, works on roads and rail - YouTube video
TEXXI - the taxi you text with a cellular phone for a shared ride
Conference announcement and call for papers: 11 th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for
Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED): June 18-21, 2007; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Call for Papers, Challenges and Opportunities Towards More Sustainable Transportation, Taipei, 4-6 December 2007
Marketing Strategy of the HSST Maglev System
Cabintaxi video now available on YouTube
Recent Q&A session with J. Edward Anderson, regarding Personal Rapid Transit
Urban Life with PRT - ATRA's Second Morgantown, WV, Seminar, May 4-5, 2007
Where Transportation is Going: Transportation in the CLIOS Era, Seminar by Prof. Joseph Sussman, MIT, at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Future by Design - website includes cities, energy, construction, transportation, space ideas, by Jacque Fresco - Futurist
Ideawicket - Open Source Innovation Portal for novel ideas, designs, innovations and inventions; transportation category is provided
ITS America Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, June 4-6, 2007, 35 page conference brochure now available provides program details
Toy maglev train video on YouTube - in German, high temperature superconductor, simple device, absolutely amazing.
Call for Papers: Fifth International Symposium on Underground Freight Transportation by Capsule Pipelines and other Tube/Tunnel Systems, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, March, 2008
Link to Edmontonians for PRT website (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Paul Hoffman's PRT presentation at the TRB meeings, "Personal Rapid Transit, Strategies for Advancing the State of the Industry, Washington, D.C., January, 2007 (requires PowerPoint reader), 7 megs
Illustrative PRT network design for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, by Eric Baumgartner
S.A.T project features small vehicles that can move horizontally, vertically and on a sloped guideway.
The State of Urban Transportation, by J. Edward Anderson (written in 1970 but the problems are still the same, only much worse).
Transporting Freight Containers by Pneumatic Capsule Pipeline (PCP): Port Security and Other Issues, TRB paper by Henry Liu, July 2006
Draft report on the feasibility of Personal Rapid Transit in Santa Cruz, California, 52 pp (listed under Transportation Planning Program header)
TEXXI - the taxi you text with a cellular phone for a shared ride - operating now in Liverpool and San Francisco. A 13 MB video
is available that describes how the system is operated at: http://www.texxi.com/pro/texxi.nsf/videoviewer?OpenPage&video=driversbys
High Capacity Personal Rapid Transit, Rationale, Attributes, Status, Economics, Benefits, by J. Edward Anderson, January '07, 20 pp
Preliminary Proposal for a PRT Network for Daventry, U.K. (press release)
Link to MegaRail's updated and extended CargoRail presentation to the Gateway Council of Governments Board of Directors and two COG Cargo Transportation Study Groups for Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, January 17, 2007
Link to a paper entitled "Major Activity Center PRT Circulator Design: Hacienda Business Park" (California), by Steve Raney
Link to a study focused on the design of an extensive PRT network that could assist the solution of some transportation and air pollution problems in the Melbourne region
Link to Open Source (OScar) project website - a group working on the design of a simple and functional auto concept
to spread mobility, using Open Source principles
JPods PRT signs agreement with Swiss company to commercialize its automated transit concept in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
-- Link to JPods website
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