The Tri Delta Transit board unanimously supports feasibility study of 'Dynamic Personal Micro Transit' (PRT) for eastern Contra Costa County, partnering with Glydways. The five-segment route is a series of corridors and is likely to prioritize a role for PRT of a feeder for the BART system rather than local transit, for which a network configuration would be an advantage.
Driverless electric car transit looms in East Contra Costa's future 5-4-2021
(East Bay Times) Pittsburg CA city council unanimously supports partnership with Glydways; Pittsburg-Brentwood price tag of $450.9M; 5 year construction time; half-mile test segment being built at former Naval Weapons Station in Concord; councillors concerned about subsidies and project funding.
Autonomous pod concept by Dromos will compete with Mott McDonald's rubber-tired tram and Egis's tram/GRT mixed fleet to be deployed as Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro. 3-19-2021
Mayoral race: Centrist candidate promises "realistic mass rapid transit system" but not metro. 4-15-2021
Mayoral race: Left and center oppose Conservative CAM tunneling. 4-30-2021
Pods for India's new Film City 2-17-2021
Feb. 17, 2021- Yamuna Expressway Development Authority Industrial Development Authority has decided pod taxis will serve two planned mega projects in Noida (near New Delhi): a new airport and a 1,000-acre "Film City" studio facility. Both will be served by a 35 km express metro line; the pod elements are quoted at a cost of $8.2M per kilometer, a total of $41.2M. The article's ambiguous English says pods will link Film City and the airport, but those projects are more than 30 miles apart (33 mi, 53.2 km).
This study set out to study a connection of 70 km (43.5 mi). 9-4-2020
New Driverless Pod Taxis to Operate From Greater Noida to Noida International Airport 3-2-2021
Pod taxis planned for Noida described as connecting northern and southern areas of the national capital region to the new "greenfield" (previously undeveloped land) airport in Jewar.
Readers should note that the official rationale depicting pods as "a revolutionary mode of transport widely being used in many western countries" is not true. Morgantown, Heathrow, and Masdar are not "many western countries." If this is put forward as a way to assert PRT is not an 'unproven technology,' it is an approach which bears watching.
"To bridge this gap, pod taxis are being considered." 3-2-2021
PRT only a possibility, not a done deal, in this article. 3-7-2021
Is pod taxi viable for airport link? 3-21-2021 Development authority gives consultant 30 days to determine feasibility. Refers to a 6.5 km distance between Film City and airport (again, Film City site is 53.2 km from the airport site).
Location of Noida Int Airport project. Base map ©Ankit2 BY-SA 4.0
Vuba, new US-Rwanda pod entrant 2-8-2021
A new personal rapid transit company was announced Feb. 4 in an email from co-founder Peter Muller (PRT Consulting, ATRA). Called Vuba ('quickly' in the Kinyarwanda language), the company bills itself as a "Smart City" mobility company, with plans to use solar-powered driverless suspended vehicles on elevated guideways to provide nonstop origin to destination travel.
The development team comprises East Africans and Americans including co-founder Muller and founder Paul Klahn. In a brief email exchange, Mueller described Vuba as being designed in response to poor bus service and growing traffic congestion.
Vuba lists offices in Colorado Springs and Kigali. The company will license an existing control system, but needs $20-30 million for development. The system will be based on as yet undisclosed proprietary designs for a switch and non-truss guideway. Muller says the Vuba switch has no bumps through the switch, no speed limit, and all wheels are supported all the way through the switch. ©2021 PRT NewsCenter
Glydways, Bay Area PRT hopeful. 9-14-2020
System at model stage, eyes South San Francisco system.
(India) Transport plan for 3 cities finally approved, including pods in Haridwar 6-12-2020
Uttarakhand and the 3 cities
Route with 21 stations
Just one bidder 4-6-2021
PNC Infratech Ltd submits the sole Expression of Interest to develop PRT system on a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer basis. The company has experience since 1999 in construction of highways, bridges, runways, and power transmission lines.
Requirement of already-in-operation technology of at least 1.5 km in length limits bidders to using Ultra (Heathrow, 3.9 km) and 2gethere (Masdar, 1.7 km).
RTC says No to Trail and Pod Cars (Santa Cruz). Commission will not study Pod Cars for rail-trail, even a high-level analysis. 6-4-2020
Rail-Trail corridor alignmentLink