Automated Transit Applications: Real-World Examples

Automated transit applications come in many forms that may be called different names depending on their configuration, operating environment, and service characteristics. A common thread connecting these members of the automated guideway transit (AGT) family is operation via central control systems without onboard human drivers—similar to automated roadway vehicles. Unlike automated buses and automated roadway vehicles, however, many of which are still in various stages of development and testing, each form of AGT has one or more applications in real-world operation. In this article, an excerpt from Chapter 4 of the book, "Automated Transit: Planning, Operation, and Applications," case studies of AGT technologies currently in use around the world are highlighted. Examples include: (1) Driverless Metro in Paris; (2) Automated light rail transit in Bukit Panjang, Singapore; (3) the Detroit People Mover; (4) AirTrain at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; (5) the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System in West Virginia; and (6) the Ultra PRT at Heathrow International Airport in London.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 19-25
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 317
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 01682764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2018 4:10PM