Research Reports

Rationale for Funding a Feasibility Study for an Automated Rapid Transit Application in the Twin Cities

Principal Investigator:

Ferrol Robinson

September 2011

Report no. MnDOT 2011-17

Projects: Viability and Benefits of Automated Rapid Transit for Minnesota

Topics: Environment, Planning, Urban Transportation


This report discusses the potential benefits and perceived impediments to implementing an automated rapid transit (ART) system in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. The report also briefly reviews the status of ART applications, also referred to as personal rapid transit (PRT), in the United States and abroad. Finally, the report evaluates the potential ability of ART to promote the policy goal of creating efficient development, livable communities, and work opportunities through a variety of relevant strategies.

The report concludes that an ART feasibility study is needed to provide more definitive answers to issues and questions raised about ART, and it provides the rationale for funding such a study, as well as an outline of the elements of the feasibility analysis.

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