Greetings! ATRA held a board meeting last week at which a number of decisions were made, including:
1. Since last year’s board elections (usually held around year-end) were delayed, the next election will be around the end of 2020.
2. Since part of the reason personal rapid transit (PRT) is slow catching on is believed to be the lack of credible supporting data (see my article HERE) ATRA will start a new initiative to obtain funding and make grants for feasibility studies. Numerous philanthropies are supporting applied research into climate change mitigation and applications will be made to suitable ones. Funding will then be used to support communities such as Atlanta, Greenville and/or others around the world that are interested in undertaking credible studies. ATRA funds will be conditioned on the studies giving credible consideration to PRT and being based on statistically valid local data. A committee will be formed to address the initiative.
3. Committee reports were received from the Academic, Outreach, Regulatory, Membership and Conference Committees. The Strategic and Project Intelligence Committees were disbanded for lack of performance and in light of the new grant funding initiative.
You can learn a lot about most of the available PRT technologies by perusing the responses to the San Jose RFI HERE.
As always, enjoy reading!
Peter Muller, ATRA President