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Viability of personal rapid transit In New Jersey : final report, February 2007.
  • Published Date:
    2007-02-01
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-1.40 MB]


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  • OCLC Number:
    656285413
  • Edition:
    Final report.
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-RAIL TRANSPORTATION ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-Rail Planning and Policy ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Rail Planning and Policy ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Transit Planning and Policy ;
  • Abstract:
    The following report was prepared for the New Jersey Legislature to document the

    current state of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) development and implementation and to

    explore the potential viability of implementing PRT in New Jersey. The report

    summarizes the history of PRT development efforts worldwide, documents lessons

    learned from past research and development activities, explores the opinions of several

    PRT industry experts regarding the current state of PRT development, presents the

    theoretical benefits of PRT when compared to other modes of public transportation,

    identifies the challenges and risks associated with PRT implementation and presents a

    series of options for advancing PRT development in New Jersey should decision

    makers decide to do so.

    PRT has been the subject of research and development efforts for approximately 40

    years. However, there has yet to be a full scale deployment of this technology. A fully

    operational PRT system is needed to demonstrate the theoretical benefits of PRT and

    establish commercial readiness and significant research and development activities

    must still be undertaken. Such a research and demonstration program has been

    conceptually estimated to require $50-100 million over a three year period. It is

    important to note that PRT is an emerging public transportation technology and has not

    yet advanced to the stage of commercial deployment or achieved wide-spread public

    operation. As such, much of the information presented in the report, especially

    information related to the potential benefits of PRT, is based on conceptual engineering

    and theoretical research from PRT developers, government researchers, or

    independent consultants. Wherever appropriate the potential or theoretical nature of

    particular data and information is made clear and the source of information is noted.

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