Mobility: Automated People Mover Systems

Wednesday, October 25 2017
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Bluewaters Island APM

Home to Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel in the world, Bluewaters is a destination under construction 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) coastline, opposite The Beach and near Dubai Marina. Public transit to the reclaimed island is realized by an Automated People Mover System connecting to the Nakheel Harbour station of the Dubai Metro. The Bluewaters Island APM will feature 25 automated GRT vehicles capable of carrying 24 passengers each. The APM system will connect two stations approximately 2.6 kilometers apart. The capacity will initially be 3,750 people per hour per direction, with the possibility to increase the capacity to 5,000 pphpd. The trip time will be approximately 4.5 minutes. The energy of the battery operated vehicles will be topped-off during the stops at stations, with a 10 minute recharge being required every 1.5 hours. The application is the first to feature 2getthere’s 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit vehicle.

Rivium 3.0

From 2018 2getthere’s autonomous ParkShuttle in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel will be transformed in the world’s first autonomous system operating on public roads without safety driver or steward. Rivium is the only truly autonomous system operating at grade today. With the steps now taken, it will become the first autonomous system to mix with other traffic on public roads without safety driver or steward as well. Currently the ParkShuttle carries over 2,400 passengers daily. This number will increase significantly according to Alderman Van Sluis: ‘We are exploring the possibilities to extend the route to the Erasmus University. This extension, as well as the connection to transport over water, will result in a massive increase in the amount of passengers. We are also anticipating the realization of Feyenoord City [the new stadium of the Rotterdam based soccer team – ed.], allowing spectators and visitors of events to travel from Rivium. The business park will be able to welcome many visitors who aren’t necessarily reliant on their car, which fits really well with our ambition to transform it to the Rivium Campus: a place where working, living and leisure go hand-in-hand.’ Although innovation is important, the city of Capelle aan den IJssel values availability and reliability first and foremost. This is the primary reason the cooperation with 2getthere is continued

Masdar City PRT

Masdar City is a carbon neutral, car-free city, featuring Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) to accommodate mobility. Phase 1A of the Masdar PRT system is approximately 1.4 kilometers long and features 2 stations. The system opened to the general public on November 28, 2010, while the system availability and vehicle reliability consistently exceed 99.6% and 99.9% respectively. The PRT system is operational 18 hours a day, from 06.00hr until midnight, every day. The 10 vehicles operate on-demand, featuring angled berth stations allowing for independent entry and exit of vehicles. The system is carrying 5 times the anticipated amount of passengers, averaging >85% average occupancy during the weekends. On November 21st, 2016 the system carried its 2 millionth passenger. The vehicles are entirely powered by Lithium-Phosphate batteries, allowing a range of 60 kilometers on a 1.5 hour charge. The vehicles are recharged at the berths.


Company Profile

2getthere realizes green Automated Transit Systems for Smart Cities.

2getthere realizes sustainable automated transit systems for Smart Cities, ranging from Automated People Movers to Shared Autonomous Vehicles. The systems are based on over 30 years of experience with automated vehicles in different demanding environments. They can be installed to serve as a feeder to existing transit networks, serve a corridor or a local area. Smart cities benefit from the reduction of car traffic, congestion and the environmentally friendly character, while developers maximize land value and reduce space wasted for non-value added activities by optimizing land usage.

2getthere’s first APM system was developed in 1995. Pilot projects were realized at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (1997) and business park Rivium (1999). The extended Rivium system was equipped with 2nd generation GRT vehicles in 2006, and is still operational today. In 2002 the temporary Floriade application was realized, featuring 4-passenger vehicles. The first permanent PRT system, at Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) opened to the general public on November 28th 2010. To date, 2getthere has safely transported more than 10 million passengers. Currently, 2getthere is realizing a system in Dubai, connecting a metro station to Bluewaters Island. This system will transport between 3750 and 5000 Passengers Per Hour Per Direction (PPHD). The existing Rivium application will be transformed in the world’s first autonomous system operating on public roads without a safety driver or steward on board.


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