PRT for Perimeter Center
For consideration for the long-range Perimeter Focus / Perimeter Livable Centers Transportation Circulation Plan
PRT (personal rapid transit) is an electric, 200-mpg-equivalent, elevated transit system with many 3 to 5-person vehicles. First deployment of the ULTra PRT system is scheduled for London Heathrow Airport in 2010, to serve Heathrow's new Terminal 5. Working as circulator transit for office parks, airports, universities, and other major activity centers, PRT is faster than a car. In these applications, PRT makes carpooling and MARTA more effective, by solving the "last mile problem."
U.S. PRT proposals are emerging in Virginia, San Jose, and other locations. For Perimeter Center, it makes sense to consider PRT as a high quality option in long-range planning. A three-minute youtube animation of ULTra PRT can be viewed at: http://www.ultraprt.net/cms/. Market research for transit-served major job centers forecasts a PRT-induced commuting mode reduction from more than 80% single occupancy vehicle (SOV) down to 45% SOV. In these studies, carpooling increased to more than 30% and transit increased beyond 15%. PRT provides a high quality option for the Perimeter Focus / Perimeter Livable Centers Transportation Circulation Plan.
Georgia’s statewide Investing in Tomorrow’s Transportation Today (IT3) partnership is lead by Governor Perdue, GDOT, and GRTA. (http://www.it3.ga.gov/)
"...We will transform the way we look at transportation. We will stop focusing only on how much money we spend and start focusing on an outcome-based strategy to create a 21st century transportation network throughout Georgia." - Governor Sonny Perdue June 12, 2008
Some PRT quotes:
Perimeter PRT System Sketch Map. Four colored "loops" with about 5 miles of guideway and 15 stations per loop. Additional connecting guideway between red and orange loops and between orange and magenta loops is appropriate. These connections could occur along Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE.
Aerial photography system sketch: 1800x2500, 1.6MB http://www.ultraprt.net/cms/PC02.jpg
Higher resolution map from above, 1800x2500: http://www.ultraprt.net/cms/PC02map.jpg
The most recent PRT cost information can be found at: http://www.ultraprt.net/cms/index.php?page=cost-per-mile-7m---15m
PRT is faster than a car
Perimeter Center is one of the largest employment centers in the southeastern US:
June 3 2009 Luncheon: PRT for Perimeter Center
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required to attend this event. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact: Deborah McCalman, Perimeter Transportation Coalition, 770-394-4543, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luncheon Program (15 minutes per speaker, 5 minutes for Question & Answer between speakers)
Your Host: David Southerland, Executive Director, Perimeter Transportation Coalition, http://www.perimetergo.org/.
Steve Raney, Principal Consultant, ATS ULTra PRT. Raney is the world’s leading researcher on PRT for major activity centers such as Perimeter Center. He was Principal Investigator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s "Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages" study in Pleasanton, CA. He was project manager for BART’s Group Rapid Transit study. He is the author of six Transportation Research Board (TRB) papers. His "wireless carpool assistant," TrakRide, is patented. Raney holds three masters: business, software, and transportation from Columbia, RPI, and Berkeley. He has conducted technology product research at Microsoft, Citigroup, and Silicon Valley start-ups. His recent conference presentations include TRB, Rail~Volution, Association for Commuter Transportation, Greenbuild Expo, Green Technology Summit, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Going!, Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, Environmental Protection Agency, and American Planning Association. http://www.ultraprt.net/
Speaker 2) Peter Muller.
Peter Muller, President, PRT Consulting. Muller has bachelor’s (summe cum laude) and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering. He has over thirty years of civil engineering and planning experience in transportation including roads, freeways, airports, railroads and PRT. He has been heavily involved in PRT for over eight years and has published numerous papers on the topic. www.PRTconsulting.com
These two speakers are presenting three papers at the American Society for Civil Engineers Automated People Movers Conference at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, June 1-3. http://content.asce.org/conferences/apm2009/index.html. There will be about 400 conference attendees, transportation professionals in the people mover and personal rapid transit industry.