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                 August 2016 
From the President....
Greetings!  Alain Kornhauser will be speaking at the Smart Transit Congress in New jersey in October. See the Letter to ATRA members below for more information and reduced rates for ATRA members.
Peter Muller

The Podcar City & Advance Transit conference in Antwerp is next month (September 19 - 21). ATRA and ATRA IG will hold a combined strategic planning meeting in conjunction with the Podcar City conference - starting right after the final session at 5:30 PM on the 21st. The meeting will culminate with dinner at 7:30 at a local restaurant. If you are a member of either group, please plan to attend.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President

The recent University of Utah Campus Parking and Transportation & Research Park Mobility Master Plan tabulates the travel times and by walk, bike, shuttle bus and UTA (commuter) Bus between different origins and destinations. It also presents a potential PRT layout and a brief discussion of a PRT solution. Read more...

SmartTransit 2016 - UPDATE - Letter to ATRA Members

Dear colleague,

I am pleased to notify you of our upcoming SmartTransit Congress, taking place on October 25 - 26 in New Jersey. As a member of Advanced Transit Association you are entitled to a 10% discount by quoting ATA10 when registering. Read more...

SkyTran CEO Jerry Sanders: Future Transportation Will Be Elevated

The road traffic situation is getting worse around the world and China is no exception. Not only are first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai being overwhelmed by traffic problems, even small cities and towns are starting to see jams on the road. Read more...

As Bengaluru's choked roads continue to be a running joke for most commuters, the latest proposal of the BBMP has left some urban experts wondering if the corporation is building castles in the air. Read more...

The futuristic space pod that could solve Israel's housing crisis

In a retro-futuristic vision of the 21st century, people might zip from place to place in sleek pods, as a robotic assistant prepared a home-cooked meal and an electric dog wagged its tail in anticipation of its owner arriving home. Read more...

Milpitas mayor, transit advocate oppose VTA's half cent sales tax measure

Milpitas resident Rob Means, a self-described community activist, has filed a ballot argument with the county in opposition to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's half-cent sales tax measure set for voter consideration on Nov. 8. Read more...

Vacuum Tube Transportation Company Opens Its First Factory

Ground transportation that's much faster than modern planes made another major step forward with the announcement that U.S. company Hyperloop One opened its first factory this week outside Las Vegas. Read more...

Park City Kimball Junction PRT Conceptual Model 

This model is the product of a joint partnership between civil engineering students at the University of Utah and 4Dialog, a Swedish 3D modeling company. Read more...

Dubai's Careem signs deal to develop driverless pods

Careem, the Dubai-based ride sharing app, has signed an agreement to bring the first ever battery-powered, self-driving electric pods to the Middle East, it said in a press release on Tuesday. Read more...

We made up one of these six strange suggestions to relieve Atlanta's traffic. The rest are real.

If there's one thing Atlantans can agree on, it's that our traffic is awful. Reasonable proposals have emerged-more bike lanes, the Atlanta BeltLine-to help relieve congestion. But local politicians also have come up with some wacky ideas for easing gridlock's grip on the region. Read more...

Cable cars: A band-aid solution?

IN an interview with ANC's "Headstart" on June 28, Secretary of Transport Arthur Tugade announced that they are looking into building cable cars in Metro Manila as a potential solution to the traffic. While they are "still looking into it," he further said that he had "started talking with the manufacturer of cable cars" that supplied the same to Bolivia or Bogota.

Futuristic rail seeks China market

Jerry Sanders, chairman and CEO of skyTran Inc, based in Mountain View, California, was in Beijing recently looking for potential partners to bring the company's magnetic levitation track system for personal transportation to China. Read more...

Good News!! India To Get It First Pod Transport!

Technology development has a rapid growth in India  and its  is all set to receive its first PRT(Personal Rapid transfer) network, connecting Gurgaon- Delhi Border to Badshahpur. This massive 4000-crore project comes in times after Delhi has been branded as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Its is also aimed at curbing traffic problems of the city. Read more...

In search for transportation solutions, UTC turns to pods

A video game entrepreneur swept into City Hall on Tuesday night to pitch his proposal for a novel transit system to the Urban Transportation Commission. Read more...

Startups boldly challenge Internet, mass transit & password status quo


Tuesday night's grand winner -- TransitX -- is led by MIT-schooled Mike Stanley, who has a grand plan for building a clean energy-powered personal mass transit system of elevated pods that cruise from 45mph locally to 135mph over rail lines and highways in the name of less expensive, more efficient travel. Read more...

Pod taxis are coming to India, to connect Delhi to Gurugram!

India's first pod taxis are coming to India and will be connecting Gurugram to Delhi. The Rs 850 crore project will begin next month. The public transport will connect people via ropeway connected driver less pods. Read more...

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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June 2016 - In this Issue
Letter from the President
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Website Updates
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PodcarCity9 Session Papers and Videos available.


The Second Martin Lowson Paper Award
Now accepting your thesis or paper, due August 16, 2016
Winner will receive $500 and present her/his work at the Podcar City Conference 2016  Read More...

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