PRT
- a Suitable Transport System for Urban Areas in Sweden?

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A thematic research programme
"Advanced transit systems"
performed during the years 1994-97 at
Chalmers University of Technology

The multidisciplinary programme aimed to investigate if Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
may be a suitable system for urban areas in Sweden.
Conclusions:
  • PRT technology is available
  • PRT is a possible solution for small and medium-sized urban areas
  • PRT has capacity to replace buses and light rail
  • PRT cannot replace subway and commuter train
  • PRT could be accepted by travellers
  • PRT can reduce transit trip times to half
  • PRT may attract 20-25% of present car trips
  • PRT may be socially profitable
  • Visual impact is the main obstacle
  • Further research on guideway design is needed

Various research disciplines have treated the problem each from their perspective. The Department of Consumer Behaviour studied user encounter with technology, City Planning studied the impact on cityscape, Structural Mechanics studied guideway design, LogistikCentrum AB used simulation to analyze operations, implementation and travel demand and finally National Economics at Gothenburg University estimated social costs and benefits.

Sub-projects:
  1. Inventory of systems
  2. The user’s encounter with the technology
  3. Personal rapid transit in cityscape
  4. Guide-way design
  5. Traffic strategies and network extension
  6. PRT travel demand
  7. Socio-economic assessment

Program Director:
Dr Ingmar Andreasson, LogistikCentrum AB

Personal Rapid Transit systems (PRT), is small vehicles without drivers, running on their own guide-way and taking one or more passengers the quickest route to their destination without stopping on the way.

The research program was financed by the Swedish Transport and Communication Research Board. Contents of the Summarizing report
(KFB 1998:38)  47 pages


The report was published 1998
Web-design by Jan Johanson, EcomITecH AB
www.zeenergy.net/rapp/prt98sw.html