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It is only slightly hyperbolic to say that skyTran is a passive maglev system based on a 1990s cocktail napkin by Doug Malewicki, and now 20-something years later it might actually be happening.

Israel: "Skytrans... didn't come to pass". 9-22-2020
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Advertisement for test track technician, San Antonio area. June 2020
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More skyTran moves in Israel, Mexico, Texas includes system near Egypt border. 4-4-2019

Pact with Dubai RTA 6-9-2019

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(India) Reliance buys 12.7% stake in skyTran 10-18-2018
John Cole interviewed by Entrepreneur India, plans with Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance. 3-19-2019
Reliance acquires majority of skyTran, now over 54%. 2-28-2021
Why Ambani is betting on skyTran 3-2-2021
• Reliance increased its stake days after a demerger of petrochemical and refining holdings. 3-28-2021
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"PRT as feeder to rail station. (Israel) 9-24-2018

Abu Dhabi: skyTran connecting theme parks beginning 2020 (ZAWYA) 2-7-2018

West Ashley Revitalization Commissioner pushed group to consider a transit technology he invested in 8-8-2017

Jobs, high-tech transportation focus in Detroit: skyTran is favored by Detroit mayoral candidate Coleman Young II. 7-10-2017
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Photo: Detroit Free Press


Photo: Detroit Free Press
• Primary: Young advances, but incumbent Mike Duggan leads by wide margin. 8-8-2017
Duggan re-elected 11-8-2017

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Personal Rapid Covfefe: Hours after backing Paris Accord pullout, BeachTran founder announces MOU for nonpolluting electric maglev transit. 6-2-2017
BeachTran plans to use skyTran 4-3-2018
• "Futuristic solution." (Clearwater, FL) 4-3-2018
• Two years on, still at stage of BeachTran plans skyTran collaboration 2-7-2020
Council resolution, no funding, in support of proposal. 2-12-2020
• 9 months later: Council approves gondola study. 11-12-2020

Keywords: florida clearwater

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India: NITI agency creates demonstration opportunity for 3 pod companies, if they choose to spend the money. 1-31-2017

• Report: skyTran is In 2-6-2017

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Going Clearwater: "Scientology's Fort Harrison hotel hosts mass transit pitch" 5-13-2016 Note to skyTran: Isn't PRT already controversial enough?
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skyTran secures $30 mil financing 4-26-2016
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This is the skyTran demonstration system on the IAI campus at Ben Gurion airport, billed as the "ugly duckling." 4-21-2016
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Above: The guideway is inside a cage testbed. skyTran says a 'look-like' version (i.e. elevated on pylons) is now under construction. skyTran photo


The guideway is inside a cage testbed. skyTran says a 'look-like' version (i.e. elevated on pylons) is now under construction. skyTran photo

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Editor's Blog: Back And Forth With skyTran 1-26-2016
"One of the things we miss about the old days of covering personal rapid transit is the way everything used to be out in the open..." Includes overview, discussion of skyTran's approach to practical passive maglev.
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SkyTran "will soon be reality" (Fortune) 11-24-2015
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First photos (ever) of physical skyTran components (Washington Post) 10-27-2015
"Sanders said that the system is the best fit for any sprawling city that lacks a subway"

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Above: Framework to serve as guideway testbed, guideway covers in foreground (Washington Post/skyTran)


Framework to serve as guideway testbed, guideway covers in foreground (Washington Post/skyTran)
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Above: Drive unit wheels for low speed and at rest (Washington Post/skyTran)


drive unit wheels for low speed and at rest (Washington Post/skyTran)


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