Where advanced transit exists and the choices available

Morgantown 3 sm crop copyMorgantown, WV.  System built by Boeing in 1970s.  Connects West Virginia University campuses and downtown Morgantown.  During busy times, operates on a frequent schedule as 18-passenger transit.  During quieter times, operates on demand as Personal Rapid Transit.  110 million miles of accident-free service since the ‘70s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5acGAmcm0


H-Bahn Dortmund

Dortmund University, Germany. Built by Seimens  in 1984.  Computer-controlled, runs on an every-5-minutes schedule.  18-seats.  Similar system at Dusseldorf airport.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I5pNkZ1fUQ


Abu Dhabi, 2getthere Masdar in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  Robo-pods act as elevators and operate on underground streets.  Solar powered. Serves university affiliated with MIT.  Started operation 2009. Built by Netherlands firm.  http://www.2getthere.eu/?page_id=10

Heathrow ULTra

Heathrow Airport, London.  Connects business parking to Terminal 5 and is expanding to Terminals 3 and 4.   Built by ULTra. Opened in 2011.  Also 4.8-mile, 7-station system under construction for Amritsar tourist center in North India. This YouTube about ULTra is an excellent introduction to how Personal Rapid Transit works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PyUQuWmt2M; ULTra web site: http://www.ultraglobalprt.com/; YouTube showing the new Heathrow ULTra system in operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5SchtSQcvY&list=PL19E89F3A8E83CBA2&index=2

Uppsala, SwedenVectus podTest track.  Being planned for a national park in South Korea.  Built by Vectus, a British company.  http://www.vectusprt.com/; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J-S_YYuNBU


Chinese discuss JPods displayJPods proof of concept demonstration on display at MassPort, Boston, MA.  JPods are solar-powered.  Provides 24/7 energy. Travel at 30 mph direct to your destination, faster on expressways. Secaucus, NJ, has adopted Performance Standards which allow JPods to build.  See http://www.jpods.com/


skyride 2Skyride on Carnival Vista cruise ship.  Invented by Scott Olson, inventor of Rollerblades, JPods is adding robotics. See http://jpods.com/skyride and http://www.skyridetechnology.com/


TransitX illustration cropTransitX illustration. Two-passenger.  50 mph. Powered from renewable energy sources through the grid.  http://transitx.com/




skytran station

SkyTran illustration.  Two-passenger, magnetic levitation. Designed to reach 150 mph. SkyTran has teamed with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to build in Tel Aviv. www.skytran.us


et3 splash-about et3et3 illustrations.  Evacuated tube transportation technology, magnetic levitation. Designed to travel at speeds from 300 to 4000 mph.  NY to LA in 45 minutes.  www.et3.net

www.eT3foundation.org www.youtube.com/watch?v=92dK_yxaKvk


An artist's impression of the Hyperloop pod


Hyperloop concept by Elon Musk. Pods, with skis on the bottom, zip through tunnels put under low pressure.  Up to 700 mph. http://hyperlooptech.com/          Dubai presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znTUtkBwNRE#t=2365.889075


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