At this time PRT and GRT are relative niche-markets, predominantly as people in general and decision makes in particular are not as familiar with these concepts as with other (innovative) transportation systems. This is amongst others due to the fact that the capabilities of these systems are overstated by some, resulting in expectations that can’t be met.
PRT and GRT systems are ideally suited for the ‘last mile’, transportation over a relatively short distance and with a moderate capacity. Such applications can be found in every sector!
|Airports: Airports are transforming into cities where everything keeps moving. Airport planners have a pressing need for affordable alternatives to the generally heavy, more traditional (rail-guided) systems being offered today. The reduced infrastructure requirements of electronically guided people movers, ensures they are an attractive alternative.|
|Business and Industrial parks: business parks are recognized for their high intensity of labor and visitors, contributing to road-based commuter and business transport. Consequently, their accessibility by environmentally friendly means of transit is vital for the environment and the economy.|
|Campuses: optimizing spatial planning to ensure all facilities can be realized within the boundaries of the property is essential. By centralizing parking or interconnecting multiple de-centralized parking facilities, efficiencies of space are created and a pleasant, car-free working environment is ensured.|
|Retail Centers: New ‘mega mall’ developments combine retail, entertainment, recreation and lodging thus introducing the absolute necessity for an on-site integrated internal transportation network! Even (in comparison) small and moderate sized retail centers can require feeder systems to improve their accessibility.|
|City Centers: Carfree, or car-accessibility reduced, city centers are a trend – especially in Europe. With parking facilities at the edges of the city centers, the center is accessible by slow traffic (bikes and pedestrians) and public transit. Carfree cities aim to reclaim the streets for human activities. Environmentally friendly, innovative means of transit fit perfectly with this vision.|
|Suburbs: Both the main transportation and the feeder system need to operate effectively even with the low or moderate transit volumes that can be expected in suburbs. Hence electronically guided Automated People Mover Systems – which do not require any heavy infrastructure and have lower operational costs – are a suitable option.|
|New and Eco Towns: The main challenge of new towns is to promote sustainable transportation and reduce car dependency.
In order to reduce car usage and stimulate public transportation, people have to be provided (new) transit alternatives. To ensure the transit system is economically feasible, an automated and light system makes sense as the transit demand will be moderate.
|Institutions: In a campus (-like) environment an (electronically guided) automated people mover system can also facilitate the travel between the different locations on site. E.g. in the case of a university it can interconnect the dormitory complex, the colleges, the library, sports arenas and other facilities; eliminating the need for ever using the car for transport on campus.|
|Entertainment and Leisure Parks: Parks often feature local transit systems to facilitate the dispersal of guests throughout the park. An even spread of the guests over the park ensures peaks at rides, shows and attractions are avoided (to a degree). Electronically guided APM Systems have an improved flexibility creating new possibilities in facilitating the dispersal of guests.|
|Resorts: most resort are no longer allowing automobiles to access their premises – facilitating remote parking near the resort entrance. Besides a better guest experience, another advantage is that the space reserved for parking is minimized. The need for transportation within the resort remains a transportation system matching the personal character and quality of the car is desired.|
|National Parks: National parks work on maintaining the balance between protecting nature (and offering refuge for wildlife) and making it accessible to the general public to explore (as a popular tourist area). Environmentally friendly means of transportation are required to keep the parks pristine and ensure an unspoiled environment (both for nature itself as well as its’ visitors).|