Transportation Technologies for Sustainability

2013 Edition
| Editors: Mehrdad Ehsani, Fei-Yue Wang, Gary L. Brosch

Personal Rapid Transit and Its Development

  • Shannon S. McDonald
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is in the class under Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) that includes Automated People Movers , sometimes identified as a subset of APM [1, 2]. Personal Rapid Transit is a driverless automated transit technology that has a unique movement pattern for the transit rider. A rider who uses PRT will travel point to point – similar to a cab – in comparison to a “typical” transit system where the rider stays on the system through many “unnecessary” stops until reaching their final destination. PRT is a fixed system, it is transit, with predetermined stops but how you travel from Stop A to Stop B is one of the key paradigm changes for this emerging transit technology as it is not designed in its fullest implementation as a loop or corridor system. The on-demand and point-to-point approach will provide much faster travel time and more destination choices; and along with its smaller size (two to four people vehicles), operating system, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon S. McDonald
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  1. 1.Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA