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1 Personal Rapid Transit Impact on Intermodality and Safety at Heathrow and Masdar Dr Chris Elliott FREng Pitchill Consulting Ltd

2 Structure Reminder – what is PRT and where is it in operation? Safety – principles, practices, evidence Future – what might PRT do for urban transport?

3 Passenger transport by mode Data from UK Transport 2010 "the bus system may be regarded as a welfare service for the underprivileged minority". Thomson Rush hour: that hour when traffic is almost at a standstill. J.B. Morton.

4 1.Pods: Small, fully automated, battery- powered electric vehicles, with zero on- site emissions. 2.Infrastructure: Light, flexible & aesthetic guideways and stations are lower cost & can be routed where needed 3.Control system: You dont wait for vehicles – vehicles wait for you. No transfers, no routes to memorize. PRT overview

5 Transport history Trevithick Daimler ? PRT? ROAD

6 Existing PRT systems Two systems in operation – both are first phase of larger system Heathrow Airport – Pod between Terminal 5 and Business Car Park – video1 Abu Dhabi – MASDAR Institute of Science & Technology – video2

7 Ease of installation Patented small scale infrastructure optimised for PRT Modular design Small radii (5m) and high grades (>10%) permitted Installation of 3-bay elevated section completed in 4 hours

8 Urban Car Urban bus Rail PRT MJoule per Passenger km Energy use

9 Empty weight per seat CycleMotor cycle PRT BusTypical car Modern LRT Local train Eurostar747 Tonnes/Seat Average Person

10 Structure Reminder – what is PRT and where is it in operation? Safety – principles, practices, evidence Future – what might PRT do for urban transport?

11 Safety High level of intrinsic safety –< 40 kph –Dedicated guideway, no at-grade crossings –Fixed block or sensors – video 3 –No driver! Systematic process –Safety policy – clear allocation of duties –Safety targets – what is acceptable –Hazard ident. => Risk assessment => Mitigation => Acceptance –Independent verification No significant incidents in 3 years operations

12 Structure Reminder – what is PRT and where is it in operation? Safety – principles, practices, evidence Future – what might PRT do for urban transport?

13 Toronto International Airport light rail –Cost $58M per km –PRT would have cost $15M per km (2010 figures) Birmingham AirRailLink –cost $20M per km to refurbish –New PRT would have cost under $15M per km Montpellier light rail –cost 21.8M per km –PRT system would have cost between <9M per km (EDICT 2004 figures) Oakland Airport –costed at $48M per km –PRT would cost $9-12M per km All figures provided by ULTraPRT Costs

14 Amritsar Golden temple – video 4 Office campus – video 5 Personal public transport that fits within existing urban structures – part of an integrated transport infrastructure Urban integration

15 Integrating PRT into an urban renewal scheme

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