Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Automated rapid transit

What is automated rapid transit?

Automated rapid transit, also referred to as personal rapid transit, personal automated transport and Podcar transit, is a public transportation mode featuring small automated vehicles operating on specially-built guideways.

ART is a type of automated guideway transit that also includes systems with large vehicles, such as small subway systems, and group rapid transit with medium-sized vehicles.

Current status

State and federal funds are not available to support ART development in Minnesota. MnDOT suggests interested parties seek out private investors and develop project proposals. If public funding becomes available, public-private partnerships may support efforts to pursue innovative transportation strategies, including ART, that are sustainable, improve mobility and provide a measurable return on investment.