[Govtech.com] Tel Aviv may be the site of the first maglev PRT system [Personal Rapid Transit], which has been designed by skyTran, an American company headquartered in Mountain View, California.
As of June 23, 2014, skyTran reached an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries to begin developing a test track on the grounds of IAI’s corporate campus. If testing proves successful, construction will begin on the Tel Aviv commuter line.
The power used in two hair dryers can fly you at over 62 mph (100 kph) with skyTran.
[SkyTran.us] SkyTran’s has computer-controlled, 2-person vehicles. They can accommodate much of the world’s commuting population within a smaller footprint and for less than other mass transit systems. Because skyTran is built as an expandable grid, it will never be filled to capacity. As the demand grows, more track can be installed and additional vehicles can be added the network. The robust state-of the-art skyTran system grows in the same way that the Internet grows: exponentially and immediately. In fact, you can think of skyTran as a “Physical Internet.”
The sophisticated skyTran computer network paces vehicles at optimum spacing and speeds to handle massive amounts of commuters many time over in a safe and efficient manner. The skyTran system recognizes you, responds to where you would like to go, and gets you there in the fastest time possible.
If skyTran’s testing and subsequent construction of a commuter line in Tel Aviv proves successful, the stigma surrounding maglev technology will have to dissipate. It will be impossible to ignore the benefits of maglev PRT systems in urban areas. They can be extensive enough to solve the last mile problem, travel at speeds surpassing a subway (and without myriad stops), eliminate traffic congestion and, as a consequence, reduce air pollution.
As to its costs, Mr. Sanders claims that the first phase of its commuter line in Tel Aviv, which will have three stations and be 2.7 miles in length, will have a $50 million price tag. The first phase of the 2nd Avenue subway in Manhattan, which will create 2 miles of new tunnels and three new subway stations, is expected to cost close to $4.5 billion.
The stream of skyTran vehicles never stops moving as traffic jams are unheard of on the skyTran network. The computer-controlled system provides optimal spacing of the skyTran vehicles. The fastest routes are identified and all vehicles are sent along at a very quick pace. Vehicles enter and exit the skyTran stream seamlessly with zero interruption to the flow. The stations are designed to load passengers rapidly and easily with faster boarders circumventing those riders who wish to take a bit more time exiting and entering their vehicles.
You get on and you get off with no stops in between. Because your vehicle enters and exits a continuously flowing stream of other skyTran pods, you never have to stop for others who wish to embark or disembark from the steam. As you head directly to your destination, there are no in-between stops with skyTran.
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