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Friend of the NewsCenter: Lawrence Fabian, 1945-2020 3-23-2020
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Transit must overcome complications of social distancing and disinfection. 3-18-2020
Note from the publisher (2-4-2021)- The assertion from some quarters that PRT is inherently safer in pandemic conditions than conventional transit deserves some pushback. Although pods mean PRT capacity per hour is likely little affected by social distancing, pods still face the hurdle of sanitation. Yes, trains and buses have to go back to the barn to get washed down, but the idea that pods win because they would be equipped with wet wipes ignores two realities. 1) On-board trash; 2) pandemic hoarding means pods can't be kept stocked with cleaning supplies. Moreover, cleaning the vehicle is not part of the modern transit rider paradigm and therefore inconveniences riders, norms such as Wear Masks At All Times and Don't Touch Surfaces are far more likely. ©2021 PRT NewsCenter
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WVU PRT closed due to COVID-19 3-19-2020
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Dubai RTA working with skyTran and Skyway (Unitsky String Transport) 3-9-2020

RTA adds Beemcar to pod group, possible 50 km route 3-10-2020
• BeemCar CEO says system could be ready in 3-4 years. 8-9-2020
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Dubai unveils plans for electric sky pod network 1-4-2021
Nathan Koren of Podaris extensively quoted.
MOU between Dubai and Chinese suspended train company Zhong Tang 6-7-2021
Dubai talks with Beemcar mentioned, but no progress regarding pods is reported.

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Sudden Stop 2-26-2020
NHTSA restricts Easy Mile as "too hands off" following mishap.
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Easy Mile
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Slide causes boulder to strike PRT car and automobile. 2-1-2020
Damaged PRT car -MPD photo


Damaged PRT car -MPD photo
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Nathan Koren, CEO of Podaris, thinks the driverless/carshare hype has peaked. 5-10-2019
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R.I.P., Connect Ithaca 4-26-2019
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Morgantown PRT returns to service by cardswipe or coin. 4-17-2019
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(Ithaca NY) Regional Town-Gown Conference takes on transportation 3-28-2019
Backbone: WVU's PRT still "unconventional," but it keeps being talked about.
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Futuristic Transit Loop in Milpitas' Future? 3-22-2019 "To be undertaken by a not-for-profit, Type B Corporation called Sustainable Habitat."

• Effort is branded as Loopworks, a California mutual benefit corporation.
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Loopworks is a project of the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association

• Op-ed: Creating a new future for Milpitas mobility 5-3-2021
Outline of Loopworks' proposal for 12-station system feeding BART station.

Op-ed by Loopworks president 6-30-2021
LoopWorks joins race to build 1st Bay Area smart transit 7-2-2021
Loopworks news release, framing the region's 3 active pod programs as an opportunity to gather comparative data.

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Photo: Sheikh Mohammed inspects Dubai's new Sky Pod models 2-12-2019
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(Bengaluru) Pod taxi plan returns, to be feeder to Metro 12-22-2018
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PRT Developer William Alden. William Alden died November 16 in Falmouth, Massacusetts. He was 92. Mr. Alden was married to Judith Alden for 67 years, was a descendant of the English colonist John Alden, served in the Navy, and graduated from Harvard. He created or served on the boards of a number of businesses and charities. MORE 11-23-2018
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(History) Public transit’s missed opportunity 11-20-2018
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Georgia county commissioner interested in Transit X system, "all the way to Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta International Airport)." 10-2-2018
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Letters of interest with six counties & cities 2-21-2019
Georgia Mobility (JPods) also interested in Henry County (McDonough) 2-12-2021 Georgia Mobility Executive Chairman J.T. Williams is quoted in 10/2/2018 article above. In addition he is described as a developer and board member of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
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JPods early mockup, developer Bill James is man wearing jeans. ©2007 PRT NewsCenter


JPods early mockup, developer Bill James is man wearing jeans. ©2007 PRT NewsCenter

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West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation ahead of Welcome Week 2018 (WVU Today). System is in second phase of modernization plan; photos of new features including digital signs and entry gates. 8-10-2018
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We Were Told There Would Be Podcars: Politico reviews 'city of the future' concepts, mostly unrealized. 6-29-2018
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India: Desire to connect pods to transport system in Thane (Mumbai district). 4-28-2018
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Miami-Miami Beach 'Baylink' connection 2-28-2018
Two commissioners, supportive mayor and public works director meet to discuss pods; Light rail project was suspended in 2016.
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Mountain View considers driverless transit 1-19-2018
Driverless buses and GRT in the mix for Silicon Valley city.
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Bengaluru pod: 1 bidder 1-17-2018
Ambitious multi-line Bengaluru pod project tender attracts one bidder. It happens to be Embassy, business partner of the state government's development minister.
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Masdar network expanding 1-16-2018
New 1 km route will link Masdar Institute to International Renewable Energy Agency and a new shopping mall. Will use vehicles by Navya.
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Video: For a mom with 2 small boys in the '90s, riding the PRT all day was "cheap fun" in Morgantown WV. 12-6-2017
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Safety panel recommends ASCE standards for Dehli-Gurgaon pilot; another round of bids to be invited. 12-26-2017
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Curbed Your Enthusiasm 9-21-2017
Another overview of PRT's journey: the hurdles to innovation, where PRT is today, and where it might be headed. Robbert Lohmann, Alain Kornhauser, and Ed Anderson quoted.
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India: The story so far 9-14-2017
Metrino may be out, but pod transit planning is still underway in 3 cities with big political connections.
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