May 2024

From the President

Dear Peter, please read this article in the New York Times about transportation emission mitigation and then, if you are a fan of ATN, respond with your opinion as to why ATN should be considered a key part of the solution to transportation emissions. I pointed out that light rail only serves 18% of Denver's population with a station within a half mile and bus rapid transit will increase that to 66% but, what is needed is 100% - which ATN can offer.

PS: We love you. Please join ATRA/pay your dues/volunteer.

Together we can fix public transportation!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President

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Have you ever considered how self-conflicted conventional public transit is? It keeps getting in its own way. For example:

  • Adding stations adds stops, slowing everything down
  • Higher capacity requires larger vehicles which need bigger, more expensive infrastructure
  • Bigger infrastructure is best laid out along large corridors
  • Passengers must first get to the corridor, then catch transit, then get to their ultimate destination
  • Adding a new line adds a transfer. Passengers hate transfers.

Automated transit networks (ATN) avoid these conflicts by:

  • Having all stations offline (on sidings) so through traffic bypasses them at speed
  • Using many small vehicles travelling close together (more like cars than buses). Smaller vehicles require smaller infrastructure that costs less and can be retrofitted to smaller streets
  • Smaller infrastructure is best laid out in small, interconnected one-way loops spread throughout the community – not just along corridors
  • Small vehicles on small loops can travel directly from origin to destination with little or no intermediate stopping
  • Small loops minimize out-of-the-way travel
  • A network of interconnected loops can be infinitely expanded with no need for transfers.

ATN does not suffer from self-conflicts and can simultaneously provide quick, reliable service throughout the community with good capacity and low cost.


Self-balancing commuter pods ride old railway lines on demand

Country folk tend to like the independence offered by their cars, so how do you get them to use public transit? The Monocab system may be the answer, as it utilizes individual on-demand pods that travel on existing abandoned railways.


Glydways Closes Strategic Investments from Japanese Industrial Giants Suzuki Motor Corporation, ENEOS Holdings, and Mitsui Chemicals

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Glydways, a leader in developing on-demand Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), today announced the company has raised an additional $20 million from three major strategic investors in Japan. Glydways total funding to date now exceeds $100 million.


On board Sharjah's sky pods aiming to take UAE public transport to new heights

A 2.4km aerial track in Sharjah capable of transporting passengers in futuristic sky pods at speeds of up to 100kph has been unveiled for the first time.

Developed by uSky Transport, the pods that can carry 25 passengers at a time are on show at the $14 million Karat complex at Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP).


This appears to be more like a ropeway than ATN. Can it follow a curve? Are the stations offline? Can it merge and diverge?

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