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                 March 2016 
From the President....
Peter Muller
In January the ATRA Board approved a new Strategic Plan for 2016. Unfortunately, we had to pare it down to fit our 2016 budget. Even then, the Board only approved the budget subject to certain conditions, which included receiving sufficient donations. I am very pleased to announce that we have now received generous donations from Harold McGinness, Thomas Richert, and Murthy Bondata as well as a very generous pledge from Alain Kornhauser that, combined, allow us to proceed with the 2016 budget. We are very grateful to these members for stepping up.
If you have been thinking of making a donation, please do so now. We still have many items in our strategic plan that go beyond the budget but could yet be accomplished this year if funds are made available soon. You can donate by clicking the "Donate" button  here.
In the last few weeks ATRA has visited with the Federal Transit Administration and I have attended the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Salt Lake City.  While there I met with Doug Schmucker, with the University of Utah, an ATRA Academic Council member. Professor Schmucker is planning on starting an interesting study of PRT with his senior civil engineering class.
This month's edition includes a number of interesting articles and stories. 
As always, enjoy reading!   

Best regards,

Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President

Suburban Office Parks: An Important Application for Last-Mile Automated Transit Networks
By Robert Johnson
In recent years, a major change has taken place in what is considered a desirable location for office space, especially in large metropolitan areas. Much more emphasis is placed on providing employees with easy access to transit and amenities such as restaurants and shops. Unfortunately, over the last several decades an enormous amount of office space has been built that does not meet these new requirements. In many cases, a small Automated Transit Network (ATN) can help an older office park provide the accessibility that is now considered necessary.  Read More...

15th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems
The Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is holding the 15th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 17-20, 2016. Below is information about the conference.  Automated People Movers and Transit Systems - Innovation in a Rapidly Urbanizing World.  Read More...
'Cable Car' from Delhi to Gurgaon, says Nitin Gadkari
GURGAON: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that a cable car facility would soon be in place from Delhi's Dhaula Kuan to Gurgaon's Manesar. The work on the project will be started hopefully this year, he said.  

PodCast on PRT
By James Anderson
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Mexico City proposes gondola-like apparatus as alternate transportation
By Martin Markovits
Mexico City planners are hoping a new energy-efficient public transit system that resembles a ski gondola will alleviate the city's notorious gridlock.  Congested streets have been a mainstay in Mexico City and a source of frustration for its 20 million residents.Officials with the city's Science and Technology office have commissioned a series of two-passenger fully-automated aerial gondola lines that would glide across the city.  

GE Technology to power Tampa International Airport's automatic people mover
From ITS International
GE Technology has been awarded a contract by a team led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA), which is providing Tampa International Airport with its automated people mover (APM). GE Power Conversion will provide power equipment and be responsible for system integration, engineering expertise and installation of the traction power substation, which will provide around-the-clock delivery of power to the APM, converting the incoming 13.2 kilovolts of power to the 750 volts DC that is required to operate the APM.

Robocar Domains
Urban policy makers face a new set of questions these days. Frequent requests for drones and robocars are coming at them. This is terra incognito. They have no experience with driverless street delivery of pizza, fuel oil, or people.  A
n official classification of levels of vehicle automation was published by NHTSA in 2013.  "Level X automation" is now commonly heard in professional and commercial discussions and publications. 

West Virginia's retro-futuristic pod car network in photos
By Adi 
Personal rapid transit - a mass transportation network that could carry passengers straight to their destinations in small private cars - has a long, fascinating, and often troubled history. But the first (and so far, only) PRT project in America has been running almost continuously in West Virginia since 1975. Read More...

The Road Not Taken:  How we found (and lost) the dream of Personal Rapid Transit
By Adi Robertson
Half a century after its heyday, the Alden StaRRcar clearly wasn't made for its world. It looks like a white flatiron with wheels or a sleek, plastic bullet, dwarfed by the regal sedans of 1960s Detroit. It belongs in one of Buckminster Fuller's domed cities, a vehicle for traveling under the geodesics of a bubble-topped Manhattan. Its future wasn't one of highways, but of narrow cement tracks looping gracefully between city and suburb, connecting increasingly alienated parts of the American landscape.  Read More...

Raleigh envisions self-driving pods, buses around NC State
By Paul A. Specht
N.C. State University students could hop in automated pods - think "Jetsons"-like, futuristic-looking golf carts - that would take them between Central and Centennial Campus. 
Anyone who lives or works on Avent Ferry Road could ride driver-less buses that use dedicated lanes, bypassing other traffic along the corridor.
  By Katelyn Lester
MORGANTOWN - The multi-million-dollar modernization plan of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), which aims to improve mobility on campus, continues at WVU. Clement Solomon, director of the Department of Transportation and Parking, said when the three-phase modernization plan is all said and done, the estimated cost will be between $120-$130 million. Solomon said this money includes small federal grants and funds from the university.

The above links are to articles that appear relevant to advanced transit but no guarantee is made as to their accuracy and no verification of the integrity of the associated websites has been made.


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