AMG Completes ECCC Dynamic Personal Micro Transit Feasibility Study

In collaboration with Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), Advanced Mobility Group (AMG) is assisting Glydways with the implementation of a temporary, low-impact demonstration project at GoMentum Station, in Concord, CA. The demonstration will validate Glydways’ proprietary, scalable Automated Transportation Network (ATN)-based transportation solution. Glydways technology is a closed grade, autonomous electric, mass micro transit solution with a virtual rail and tires on a fixed pathway, that offers private rides that are on demand, safe and non-stop.

Concurrent with the implementation of the demonstration project, AMG has conducted a East Contra Costa County Dynamic Personal Micro Transit (DPMT) feasibility study to analyze the viability of the project and potential benefits for the surrounding communities and region.

Glydways aims to help expand public transit and economic development with its low cost, sustainable, and scalable system, and is poised to offer a viable first-mile/last-mile solution to transit accessibility challenges. The system can be built at a fraction of the cost of other historical rail/light rail transit solutions; requiring much less right-of-way.

The future opportunities are promising largely due to its equitability, accessibility, and privacy. Glydways low wait times are a bonus: no scheduling is required, and a personal ride is ready in seconds! In the age of COVID-19, riders never have to share space, making it a private and social distancing compatible mobility option. Vehicles are even equipped with built-in cleaning and sanitizing elements!

Project Status

The feasibility study was conducted by AMG at the request of the Cities of Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, and  Brentwood, Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. The study focused on a 28-mile DPMT system with over 50 boarding locations planned between Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station in Pittsburg and Downtown Brentwood. The system is anticipated to complement existing public transportation such  as Tri Delta Transit bus service, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and the Amtrak San Joaquins train line, and could deliver connectivity to more than 7 million riders annually.

In late March 2021, the Tri Delta Transit Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to support feasibility study findings regarding a DPMT system in East County. The findings will also be presented to each City Council for the above-mentioned cities in the coming months.

“We are looking forward to our collaboration with Glydways to deploy this new innovative mobility option in our community that we serve and increase public transportation options.” – Jeanne Krieg, CEO, Tri Delta Transit.

Demonstrations of the Glydways DPMT Tech are scheduled to begin late spring/early summer 2021.