THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IS HERE

THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IS HERE

PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (PRT)

What is Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)?

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) makes you, the traveler the top priority. It’s about fast, convenient mobility. You rent a vehicle not just a seat. There’s no waiting, the vehicle waits for you so you can go whenever you like. It’s non-stop, from start to finish, no traffic lights, no congestion. It’s safe, PRT vehicles (pods) ride on a dedicated guideways away from traffic. You can travel alone or with companions you choose.

PRT Solutions Around The World

  • High Capacity Personal Rapid Transit PRT Simulation

  • ATRA Advanced Transit Association Europe

  • Dubai Metrino Advanced Public Transit PRT System

  • Suncheon South Korea Vectus PRT Personal Rapid Transit Solution

  • Microsoft Campus PRT

What are the Benefits of Personal Rapid Transit?

PRT Benefits – for you, the traveler

  1. No waiting, PRT vehicles wait for you.
  2. Non-stop travel, vehicles run on elevated guideways so there are no stoplights, traffic jams, or transfers.
  3. Safety, you rent the vehicle and can travel alone, or with companions you choose.
  4. Comfort and convenience, you’re in your own private, quiet, air conditioned vehicle. You can read, use your cell phone, and relax while traveling.
  5. Fast, predictable transportation, in many cases faster than a car since your vehicle is above traffic and bypasses unneeded stations along the way.
    1. No waiting, PRT vehicles wait for you.
    2. Non-stop travel, vehicles run on elevated guideways so there are no stoplights, traffic jams, or transfers.
    3. Safety, you rent the vehicle and can travel alone, or with companions you choose.
    4. Comfort and convenience, you’re in your own private, quiet, air conditioned vehicle. You can read, use your cell phone, and relax while traveling.
    5. Fast, predictable transportation, in many cases faster than a car since your vehicle is above traffic and bypasses unneeded stations along the way.
    6. 24 hour operation, 7 days a week.
    7. Space for luggage, groceries, a wheelchair, baby carriage, or bicycle.
    8. Easy for everyone to use. No driver’s license is needed. It is fully accessible to wheelchairs, blind, deaf, non-English speaking travelers.
    9. Personal security. In Chicago study, police captains and lieutenants studied the system and provided recommendations.
    10. Designed for ride comfort: Wells-studied ride-comfort data is used in designing the vehicle and curves.
    11. Integrates with existing transit systems and infrastructure.

PRT Benefits – For the Community

  • 10 times the ridership of conventional transit is achievable. Off-line stations and fast, nonstop trips allow PRT to attract far greater ridership, based on six independent ridership studies. Report available.
  • Financially self-supporting. PRT’s modern systems engineering minimizes costs, so the revenue produced through reasonable passenger fares, freight hauling and focused advertising will in many applications exceed costs.
  • Huge land use savings – Compact, elevated guideways have almost no footprint on the ground, consuming less than 10% of right of way needed for surface rail, and far less than the 30-70% of urban real estate monopolized by automobile roadways.
    1. 10 times the ridership of conventional transit is achievable. Off-line stations and fast, nonstop trips allow PRT to attract far greater ridership, based on six independent ridership studies. Report available.
    2. Financially self-supporting. PRT’s modern systems engineering minimizes costs, so the revenue produced through reasonable passenger fares, freight hauling and focused advertising will in many applications exceed costs.
    3. Huge land use savings – Compact, elevated guideways have almost no footprint on the ground, consuming less than 10% of right of way needed for surface rail, and far less than the 30-70% of urban real estate monopolized by automobile roadways.
    4. All-weather safety far exceeds that possible for anything that drives on a road surface, and makes PRT largely immune to the effects of ice and snow.
    5. Highly Energy Efficient compared with light rail, busses, or automobiles. PRT vehicles are small, light and only move when a passenger boards.
    6. Quiet Neighborhoods. PRT vehicles weigh 98% less than an LRT carriage and travel non-stop, so PRT can operate at lower maximum speeds, noise and vibration levels while still being faster than busses, trains, and in many cases, even cars.
    7. Capital Efficient. PRT guideways are far less expensive than rail infrastructure and total fleet size is reduced because each vehicle is immediately available for another trip.
    8. Greatly simplified construction. No need to tear up neighborhoods for years anymore, posts can be placed and guideways installed with minimum disruption to local traffic and businesses.
    9. Non-polluting and can be powered by any kind of renewable energy.
    10. Reduced Congestion. PRT is the first transit system that provides a better travel experience than a car for many users. This can credibly reduce congestion, as determined from ridership studies.
    11. Superior Accessibility Because every trip bypasses intermediate stations, stations can be spaced closer together without slowing the average speed, thus providing both increased access to the community and competitive trip times.
    12. Stations can be inside buildings like schools, hotels, and shopping centers providing all-weather, inside-to-inside transportation and further reducing land use.
    13. Reduced parking needs will allow repurposing some parking space to better uses for retailers, offices, clinics and schools.
    14. Stations can be sized to demand, decreasing capital costs and allowing finely tuned scalability.
    15. Safer–by orders of magnitude–than automobiles and trains. PRT has no grade-level traffic or crossings so collisions with surface traffic are are designed out of the system.
    16. Seniors and people with disabilities, who currently have few options, will have much needed mobility and independence.
    17. PRT will augment rail or bus systems, increasing their ridership by providing faster travel and extended reach into neighborhoods.
    18. More livable high-density communities become possible without adding onerous new traffic to neighborhoods.
    19. Improved access to parks and civic attractions becomes possible without paving over green space or generated tangled knots of traffic flow.
    20. Unobtrusive new shipping options for swift and automated movement of mail, goods and freight.

How Do You Implement PRT?

There are multiple ways. In this world of increased automobile congestion, rising cost of automobile ownership, and automotive pollution; Personal Rapid Transit offers transit and improved mobility solutions that work. Individual autonomous vehicles take you directly from your local station to your destination station without stopping. They travel on their own roadway; both avoiding and not contributing to road congestion. The electricity to power the lightweight vehicles can come from many sources, including Wind and Solar. Unlike Light Rail, offline stations can be located closer together. The stations can offer space for development of small businesses. Specialized autonomous vehicles can be used for delivery; minimizing trucks in congested areas like downtowns.

What are Current Forms of Mass Transit?

Current forms of Mass Transit waste the productivity of their customers. The average Mass Transit customer waits for the bus or train, waits at intermediate stops, and waits to transfer to another bus or train. That is why most people who use Mass Transit use it only because they have no alternative. Current forms of Mass Transit can’t compete with the automobile even with road congestion. That lost productivity hurts everyone. It can mean lost income or less time with family. Current forms of Mass Transit waste resources. Trains and busses drive routes with few customers onboard or even empty. Personal Rapid Transit vehicles wait at the station for a customer. If a station runs out of vehicles, others can be automatically routed from nearby stations.

 

CPRT’s Transportation & Mobility Topics

Join us as we take you to an educational journey concerning transfer and the near future of MOBILITY.  Use our website to discuss opinions, reconsider views, share articles and comments by engaging each other in the many ways this website has to offer. The following are topics we will be discussing, with PRT in mind. 

PRT Technical Theory & Engineering 

Local PRT Inventor Dr. Anderson Talks About the Challenges Public Transit Must Overcome 

Doctor J Edward Anderson, PhD PE, talks about the decline in usage of public transportation and the ongoing financial strain conventional public transit suffers. A follow-on interview will discuss new modes of transit can increase public appeal and reduce costs. Interview courtesy of Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit (CPRT), June, 2017. 

Ask Dr. Anderson a Question!

Do You Want to Make Public Transportation Work?

Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit is a nonprofit organization supporting a major breakthrough in transportation design. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) improves personal independence for everyone. We believe every person should be able to travel quickly and without barriers, regardless of abilities or financial means, that public transportation should not be treated as a bone grudgingly thrown to the less fortunate but as a full-blooded alternative to automobiles, as fast and convenient–or more so.

After decades of declining ridership in public transportation–unchanged in spite of major investments in rail and bus systems, PRT is uniquely positioned to bring a broad cross-section of the public back to public transit, in the process reducing congestion, and making our cities more livable and accessible. Join us and make that better future happen.