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Fast Company reports 'India' interested in Metrino. Has right of way but not investor money. 6-29-2015
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NC State breaks ground on ecoPRT test track. 6-3-2015
Proof of concept to be made from concrete and pressure-treated wood.
Local TV news covers ecoPRT, although it is referred to as 'PRTV', V for Vehicle. 9-15-2015

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Greenville County EDC receives 2 submissions by deadline. 6-3-2015
Taxi 2000 and SkyCabs are the only applicants; the former is working with Parsons. SkyCabs, which bills itself as Elevated Small Group Automated Rapid Transport, is from New Zealand.
• Greenville SC stops PRT procurement: "County agency terminates automated transit bid." Process (which garnered two applicants) is over, although officials say they hope to restart at a later time. 7-7-2015
"Fast track" at Greenville-Spartanburg Airport? 8-7-2015

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"West Virginia University's PRT Making Improvements" 5-11-2015
2nd of 3 phases will address system upgrades and maintenance activities.
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"Dubai's Dh475 million Bluewaters bridge project gets driverless car link to Sheikh Zayed Road" 5-2-2015

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Closeup of Bluewater illustration depicts suspended podcars on access bridge

Closeup of Bluewater illustration depicts suspended podcars on access bridge


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Spartan Superway May be the Ride of the Future 4-16-2015
PRT concept built by San Jose State students
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Bill Alden working on an airport robocar 4-2-2015
His StaRR Car was the basis for the Morgantown PRT
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EcoPRT test video 3-31-2015
The program based at NC State University. You can almost hear the sound of all-talk/no-progress PRT developers shriveling up.
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Birmingham, AL hopes for BRT, possibly PRT, to support the 2021 World Games. 3-21-2015
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"A personal rapid transit system in N.J.? Anything's possible". 3-17-2015
A fairly mundane article in NJbiz.com, but readers should know that Intelligent Transportation Network Systems is the group J. Edward Anderson now works with.
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Treehugger's Lloyd Alter seems to like NC State's 'ecoPRT' concept.
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Greenville: Official likens pods to "horizontal elevator" (Fred Payne). 3-1-2015
$50M, 4.2 mile line envisioned; 2getthere, Taxi2000, Skycab, and Micro Transit Systems said to be planning to file proposals.
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Another India city hopes to host country's first 'PRTS' (Dehradun, Uttarakhand). 2-15-2015

• Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority announces planning for system to be built on road 'dividers'; 10m elevated guideway; 10-15 passenger vehicles. Timeline is for April approval of a 3-stage plan undertaken by a public-private partnership. The corridor would connect the Inter State Bus Terminal, Saharanpur market, Dashan Lal market, and the Sai Temple.
• "Personalised Rapid Transit system" Project information memorandum. 8-2015
Apartments project on route, site called "one of the most sought-after locations in the state capital." 10-13-2015

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Times of India: "'Metrino' [nee MISTER] pods set to connect Delhi, Manesar." 2-13-2014

Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari touts Metrino study, said his ministry has tasked a private firm to carry out a study of a pod network which would be built in the median of the NH-8 highway.

Manesar is outside Gurgaon and 46 km from New Delhi. Sources with Metrino reached by the NewsCenter declined to comment about this story for publication.
•"Quantum leap" (Trak.in) 2-19-2015
A $10 million EU grant for research and implementation is mentioned. Sources with Metrino clarify, telling NewsCenter that these funds were the 2009 award for test track development in Opole, Poland. The funds were never received; Metrino blames interference from a competitor.

Gurugram project back on [Link] 3-30-2022
India's transport minister ("Union minister") Nitin Gadkari plans to move forward with a pod taxi project between New Delhi and the Manesar area of Gurugram, which has been suspended since first proposed in 2016.
• State of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar says the state wants to become 1st in India to run pod taxi. [Link] 4-5-2022

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Almost 1-28-2015
Short piece in Chicago Magazine about the 1990s Raytheon PRT program that almost happened in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Geek Moment 1-27-2015
You may now get your materials science geek on with this article about creation of the Vectus/SkyCube door surround by Morgan Advanced Materials.
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Treehugger: "New elevator is like a vertical mass transit system." Cable-free elevator. It's also like PRT. Multiple pods in same shaft; also moves horizontally. 12-2-2014

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World's First Vertically Movable Mini-tram Developed in Korea 11-28-2014
Battery-powered system likened to Heathrow and Masdar PRTs. (Korean Railroad Institute photos)

Jan. 2015: Named one of 2014's biggest Railway Technology stories 1-7-2015

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Photo: KRRI

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Photos: KRRI

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2015 YouTube video of the demonstration.

• The developer, Unmanned Solution, is also involved in driverless cars and autonomous farm equipment. 4-16-2017

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Shweeb SkySMART: Pedal-power PRT with solar electric assist and Google tech 11-25-2014
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JPods: "Transit's future may get its start in meadows" [NJ]. 11-16-2014
Building a three mile route by Meadowland Parkway "is expected to get under way by early next year at the latest." No mention of progress on Phase 1 'Rescue Rail' demo that was supposed to be ready in September or October 2014.
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Election Lesson: Pro-PRT candidate for Washington Legislature also opposed expanded gun background checks, class size initiative, No Child Left Behind and school lunch program; lost big. PRT can't catch on in the US when associated with fringe movements and candidates out of touch with majority of constituents. Federal or state leadership is needed. -Ed.
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First Look: The first JPods vehicle for Secaucus. The company has not provided specifications or name of the manufacturer. 10-30-2014

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Video: Pod on short section of guideway [find 'Atlantis Energy']

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MISTER is now Metrino 10-29-2014
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PRT from China 10-11-2014
1. Tubenet Transit urban transit project.
2. Presentation at Podcar City 8 Conference (large Powerpoint download)
3. 10-13-2014: Contrary to Shanta Bonsall's supposition (and cites in ppt in 2 above), Dr. J. Edward Anderson is not working with Tubenet. "Until today I had not heard of Tubenet," Anderson tells the NewsCenter, adding: "I am not [enthusiastic] about placing the whole vehicle in a tube."
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EcoPRT: I Have Seen the Future of Transit and It Is in Raleigh. Scientific American 10-6-14
• Triangle Biz Journal: Futuristic transit system that could brand Raleigh 10-14-2014

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More publicity for JPods: "New solar-powered carriage system to ease traffic congestion" 9-27-2014
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Gizmag: "JPods solar electric vehicle system set to leave the drawing board." 'Rescue Rail' demonstration could be running in September or October. 9-26-2014
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Document Dump 9-24-2014
Presentation documents from the Sept. 3-5 Podcar City 8 conference have been posted at the PCC8 webpage.
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"Probably never going to happen" 9-19-2014
Article in The Atlantic's City Lab weighs PRT's long, trickle of adoption against the rise of driverless cars.
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JPods ramping up? 9-19-2014
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Secaucus NJ project page.

In an email to the NewsCenter this week, Amanda Nesheiwat, an Environmental Coordinator for the city, told us that the mayor invited JPods to make a presentation early this year at Winter Blast, a pre-Super Bowl community party. Secaucus, she wrote, has been interested in solutions to congestion, pollution, accidents, oil-wars and rising oil costs.

Then on June 25, 2014 local Ordinance 2014-23 was passed, opening street rights of way "to innovators willing to risk private capital to provide solutions to the transportation problems."

Echoing rhetoric employed in the past by JPods founder Bill James, Nesheiwat wrote "this free market approach of resulted [sic] in a century of rotary telephones being displaced by the Internet and cell phone networks."

Nesheiwat went on to add that JPods has communicated with Secaucus for several years, and has been involved in activities in town. The company plans to set up the 'Rescue-Rail' version of its PRT technology in Secaucus "in the next few weeks," Nesheiwat wrote.

The ordinance requires any project must comply with all relevant city and state laws, such as building permits and pulic comment. One provision directs environmental approvals to be based on comparison of energy consumed per passenger-mile -- performance standards language developed by JPods, Nesheiwat said, for earlier legislation at the state level. Another provision limits taxes and fees to 5% of gross revenues.

JPods did not respond to specific questions for this story.

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JPods at 'NationSwell.com' 9-2-2014
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Not 'On The Move' 7-1-2014
The Hindu: No movement on podcars in Delhi or Gurgaon despite official directives
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