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July, 2014

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

June, 2014

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

May, 2014

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

April, 2014

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

March, 2014

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?

February, 2014

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

January, 2014

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

December, 2013

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

November, 2013

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

October, 2013

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
 

September, 2013 

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

August, 2013

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

July,2013

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

June, 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

May, 2013

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

April, 2013  

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)

February, 2013 

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

January, 2013   

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).

December, 2012

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

November, 2012

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

October, 2012

Link to the Executive Summary of the Aerospace Corporation's ATN report to the City of San Jos, 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

September, 2012

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).

August, 2012

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

July, 2012

  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)

June, 2012

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

May, 2012

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

April, 2012

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

March, 2012 

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.

February, 2012

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

January, 2012 

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

December, 2011  

 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

November, 2011 

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

October, 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

September, 2011

Link to slide show about Vectus PRT, entitled From Uppsala to Suncheon City, by Jrgen 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

August, 2011

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 Andrasson

July, 2011

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.

June, 2011

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

May, 2011

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

April, 2011

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
available here.


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

March, 2011

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

February, 2011

An Invitation to a New Transportation Mode, by Tyler Folsom, 8 pp.

Ridership Effects of PRT with Mass Transit, by Ingmar Andrasson, 16 pp.

January, 2011

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)

December, 2010 

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).

November, 2010

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

October, 2010

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

September, 2010 

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)

August, 2010

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)

July, 2010

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

June, 2010

List of 21 responses to Minnesota DOT Request for Interest on PRT

Excellent thesis presentation of a PRT study for Eskilstuna, Sweden, by Thomas Hjemo (supervised by Goran Tegnr)

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

May, 2010

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 

April, 2010

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

March, 2010

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

February, 2010

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

January, 2010

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

December, 2009

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

November, 2009

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.

October, 2009

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

September, 2009

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)

August, 2009 

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, Malm, 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

July, 2009 

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

June, 2009

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. Tegnr, extensive review of current PRT planning studies in Sweden, 21 pp
Links to two additional analytical papers regarding PRT in Swedish Cities, by G. Tegnr

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

May, 2009

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

April, 2009

  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

March, 2009

   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

February, 2009

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 Sdertlje, Sweden - contains superb graphics

January, 2009  

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
 

December, 2008  

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

November, 2008 

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?

October, 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

September, 2008

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

August, 2008 

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

July, 2008

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

June, 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

May, 2008

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

April, 2008 

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

March, 2008

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

February, 2008  

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

January, 2008

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

December, 2007

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 Gran Tegnr

November, 2007  

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

October, 2007

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

September, 2007

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

August, 2007

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.

July, 2007

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

June, 2007 

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

May, 2007 

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 Lule, 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

April, 2007

City of Lule, 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

March, 2007

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

February, 2007

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

January, 2007 

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


 

Created this What's New page: 12-28-97           

 


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