An overview of personal rapid transit -- and a new PRT concept being developed by NC State professors -- was presented by the research team at Session 6 of the RTA Transit Innovations Series in Raleigh, N.C. on April 16, 2014.
An overview of a proposed gondola project for Seattle, Washington was discussed by the proposer of the privately-funded project at Session 6 of the RTA Transit Innovations Series in Raleigh, N.C. on April 16, 2014. (Rendering courtesy VIA Architecture)
Register for the April 16 event here.
RTA Transit Innovations Series -- overview (pdf)
The Regional Transportation Alliance has launched a new RTA Transit Innovations Series to support and advance current discussions on transit in Wake County.
The sessions include in person and videoconference presentations from experts on bus rapid transit and related innovations and research including express lanes, freeway caps, land use, innovative circulators including personal rapid transit and gondolas, and periodic comparisons with various rail transit options such as commuter rail, streetcars, and light rail.
There will be no cost to attend any of the events in the RTA Transit Innovations Series. Scroll down or click here if you are interested in sponsoring either an individual session or the entire RTA Transit Innovations Series.
With the exploration of new and emerging transit innovations, the development of a bus rapid transit-based alternative(s) as a basis for comparison with the current draft transit plan, and the clarification and prioritization of goals and objectives, our community can make an informed decision on our enhanced regional transit future in Wake County.
Most recent session
Session 6: Circulator Innovations and Addressing the Last Mile
Wednesday, April 16, 2:30 p.m.
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Session 6 description:
This session focused on emerging options for addressing the last-mile problem in transit, including circulator innovations such as personal rapid transit and urban gondolas. While neither option is new -- personal rapid transit is in place today at London Heathrow Airport and West Virginia University, while gondolas and aerial tramways are in use at many places including Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Portland Aerial Tram in Oregon, Peak 2 Peak at Whistler B.C., and the gondola at Koblenz, Germany -- the use of innovative circulator options is not yet widespread in urban areas.
Seth Hollar, Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University
Marshall Brain, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, North Carolina State University
Videoconference speaker appearing via Cisco WebEx:
Kyle Griffith, Vice President, Great Western Pacific; Project Director, Seattle Great Wheel and proposed Seattle Union Street Gondola
Join the Conversation on Twitter @RTATriangle, and use the following tag: #RTATransitSeries.
Sample Session References: EcoPrt, Seattle Union Street Gondola overview, Seattle Times article, Atlantic Cities article on personal rapid transit, Atlantic Cities article on gondolas
Overview of RTA Transit Innovations Series events (pdf)
Session 1: November 20, 2013 -- Transit and Express Lanes
Session 2: January 8, 2014 -- Land Use and Tradeoffs
Session 3: January 30, 2014 -- Urban Bus Rapid Transit
Session 4: February 26, 2014 -- Busways and System Approaches
Session 5: March 21, 2014 -- Arterial Treatments to Keep Transit Moving
Session 6: April 16, 2014 -- Circulator Innovations and Addressing the Last Mile Problem for Transit
Session 7: May 21, 2014 -- Bus Rapid Transit, Economic Development, Urban Design and Walkability
Click here for a detailed schedule of all past and future RTA Transit Innovations Series events, including presentations.
Videos of past sessions can be viewed on RTA's YouTube channel here.
RTA Transit Innovations Series sponsorship information
Help show your support for the RTA and regional mobility by sponsoring the RTA Transit Innovations Series or an upcoming session. Sponsors must be RTA members. Membership information is available here. Questions? Call 919.664.7062 or e-mail us.
Series Champion - Cost: $5,000
Features: “RTA Transit Innovations Series – Presented by” company name on all subsequent impressions, company logo prominently displayed on event signage, an opportunity to participate in event agenda at all events, logo and verbal recognition at all events, logo recognition on series webpage, name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails and in RTA e-newsletter. Sponsorship is for all series events prior to November 1, 2014.
Series Partner - Cost: $1,500
Features: Prominent company logo displayed on event signage, logo and verbal recognition at all events, logo recognition on series webpage, name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails and in RTA e-newsletter. Sponsorship is for all series events prior to November 1, 2014.
Event Advocate - Cost: $750
Features: Company logo displayed on event signage, logo and verbal recognition at event, name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails, on RTA event webpage, and in RTA e-newsletter. Sponsorship is for any single series event prior to November 1, 2014.
Event Patron - Cost: $350
Features: Company name listed on event signage, name and verbal recognition at event, name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails, on RTA event webpage, and in RTA e-newsletter. Sponsorship is for any single series event prior to November 1, 2014.
46th Street Station and I-35W, Minneapolis, MN. Photo courtesy RTA.