Regional Automated Transportation Systems

Small car from a people mover transportation serviceNorth Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is developing standards and guidelines for Automated Transportation System (ATS) in our region. These standards will help our region build economies of scale for the deployment of next-generation systems for moving people and cargo.



NCTCOG hopes to achieve economies of scale through collaborative planning and procurement of vehicles and infrastructure. While the region has traditional people mover systems, the ATS solutions of tomorrow are more flexible and reliable.

 

What is an Automated Transportation System?

Small car from a people mover transportation serviceAn ATS system will typcially  run on rubber tires instead of fixed tracks. An automated Transportation System can operate on any flat surface utilizing self-driving vehicle technology. These technologies are a solution to frequent movement needs in dense, urbanized environments, transporting both people and freight.

While the region has traditional people mover systems, the ATS solutions of tomorrow are more flexible and reliable. They run on rubber tires instead of fixed tracks and can operate on any flat surface utilizing self-driving vehicle technology. These technologies are a solution to frequent movement needs in dense, urbanized environments, transporting both people and freight.

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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) supports innovative transportation solutions throughout the region. One such solution in automated transportation systems (ATS), often referred to as "people movers." ATS allows commercial districts, transportations hubs, industrial centers, and other sites to mover passengers and cargo while reducing congestions and pollutions from traditional sources. ATS can be considered one of several tools available to cities and transit authorities, in addition to traditional buses, light rail. and microtransit. NCTCOG is studying the exiting an near future ATS marketplace to identify solutions that provide value for our regional partners, as well as evaluating the feasibility of different locations for ATS.

 

ATS Site Study

Map of Potential Demand for ATSAutomated Transportation System Recommendation Locations

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How does it work?

NCTCOG determines the feasibility of ATS based on several factors.

For the movement of passengers, we may consider existing and planned land uses, population counts, and connectivity to the broader transportation network.

 

Are there any real world examples?

One candidate for ATS deployment is the up-and-coming Dallas International District, a major redevelopment of the former Valley View Mall.
This district will feature mixed-use commercial, residential buildings, and concentrated parking centers, making ATS a possibility to help visitors move around the development.

 

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Wireless Charging

Air Quality Improvements related to ATS.View ATS services based on mixed traffic, elevated locations and flex deployment.ATS improvements in wireless charging

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