Viability and Benefits of Automated Rapid Transit for Minnesota

Principal Investigator(s):

Ferrol Robinson, Former Research Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow (Retired), Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

This project addresses the potential benefits and perceived impediments to implementing an automated rapid transit (ART) system in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. The status of ART applications in the United States and abroad is briefly reviewed, and the researchers evaluate the potential ability of ART to promote efficient development, livable communities, and work opportunities.

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

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