Posted tagged ‘PRT’

Symposium To Explore ‘Podcar’ PRT Rapid Transit

November 18, 2009

Minnesota transportation officials are branching out from roads and rail to look at personal rapid transit systems

The state Department of Transportation is holding personal rapid transit symposium on Tuesday at the Rochester Civic Center. MnDOT is looking for Minnesota cities with an interest in personal rapid transit.

Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel says MnDOT should explore a concept that is being developed around the world.

Personal rapid transit consist of small automated vehicles — sometimes called podcars — that run on a dedicated network of guideways. It offers on-demand, nonstop public transit.

American cities including Santa Cruz, California, and Ithaca, New York, are working to develop PRT. Students at West Virginia University already have such a system, which dates to the 1970s.

Microsoft considering PRT system for it’s Redmond campus

November 9, 2009


Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique suburban job center in the U.S., with 30,000 workers from the same company within one square mile. The area is plagued with terrible traffic congestion, and MS has announced plans to add another 12,000 workers. has proposed a unique solution for Microsoft campus expansion, personal rapid transit (PRT). PRT is a packet switched people mover, faster than a car. It solves the transit “last mile” problem on campus, making transit and carpooling more effective; thus, reduces traffic congestion.


Welcome to the transport of tomorrow

November 9, 2009

The Guardian UK

When Heathrow Terminal 5 opens next year, a network of up to 18 driver-less PRT pods will ferry people between the main terminal and its car parks, where each pod will be controlled by an internal computer and on-board sensor systems.

Welcome to the pioneering world of personal rapid transport (PRT) – a feasible technological solution to the chronic problem of traffic congestion, offering public transport with the privacy of a car.


PRT now a reality

November 9, 2009

THE BIRTH OF THE PRT concept can be traced back to the 1950s when research was first conducted into alternative public transportation methods– a new, innovative transport system using advanced, commercially-available automation to address the needs of urban transportation.

The 1970s witnessed considerable theoretical analysis of PRT, and how such a system would operate as a viable means of transit. However, the proposals were too advanced for the technology of the time and were considered too complex and expensive.

With today’s advanced technology and the experience accrued over the last 30 years, together with the global imperative to pursue an eco-friendly, sustainable transport system, PRT has evolved from a high-tech dream in the 1970s into a practical, cost-effective, convenient and desirable transport system, custom made for the stringent demands of 21st century living.


– The pod cars of San Jose

October 4, 2009

In the United States, several communities have begun to explore the possibility of building a personal rapid transit system, but none has advanced as far as San Jose, Calif.

The city is planning to build a PRT system that will run between the airport and a Bay Area Rapid Transit station as well as a nearby light rail station. They say it will include up to five stations, but this and other details are still being worked out.

The city has issued a request for proposals and allotted $4 million to conduct an economic and technical evaluation, and then to work with a vendor. When San Jose compared PRT with an automated people mover, the kind of large, driverless shuttle that is common at airports, officials decided that PRT would be cheaper and more convenient for passengers. The government has not sworn off other options during this exploratory phase, but officials say they will most likely proceed with a PRT system.

Although the city is planning to start small, officials there say that their hope is that if it succeeds, the system can be expanded to other parts of San Jose, and possibly elsewhere.

“We have cities all around us who are watching to see what happens with this project,” says Laura Stuchinsky, the sustainability officer for San Jose’s Department of Transportation. “The process we are planning to use will help us develop the standards for this kind of technology.”

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– It’s time for new transit technology

September 23, 2009

Canada’s public transit capital infrastructure budget is in the tens of billions of taxpayers’ dollars

With that kind of federal commitment and the right technology all Canadians could have an inter-linked, automated, Public Rapid Transit (PRT) system from coast-to-coast!

Rail is not car-competitive

Heavy rail technology, like the Skytrain, hasn’t advanced in the past 50 years. Rail is large and slow. Rail is so expensive that it would be cheaper just give people cars. Really.

Urban heavy rail, like the Skytrain, has accomplished virtually zero in reducing traffic congestion, in this city or any other. (Since 1994 exactly 304,981 or 33% more NEW cars hit Vancouver roads).


– PRT technology coming to California

September 19, 2009

Mountain View Voice

by Daniel DeBolt

Personal rapid transit hailed as solution to Bayshore traffic woes

Someday in Mountain View’s not-too-distant future, driverless electric vehicles could whisk passengers between the downtown train station, NASA Ames and Shoreline businesses such as Google.

Advanced Transit Systems, a British company with a Palo Alto office, hopes to turn Mountain View’s leaders on to the idea, which is being considered by various other Bay Area cities and is scheduled to operate for the first time next spring at London’s Heathrow Airport. The company’s personal rapid transit system, or PRT, uses computer-controlled, battery-powered electric vehicles that ride on dedicated cement pathways.

The Mountain View City Council’s Transportation Subcommittee is set to discuss the idea on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall.