The guideway infrastructure is the core of the Automated Transit Network.
The guideway is the physical structure that holds the passenger vehicles and directs them along various routes. The SwiftATN guideway is designed for 50 years of low-maintenance life. It houses the propulsion unit (or bogey) inside a tube which makes for completely weather-proof operation.
The system is designed to put the burden of destination-switching on the bogey so the guideway does not require any moving parts. (Commonly used track-based switching systems can prove to be significant maintenance items over the long term.) The guideway design includes offline stations so any traffic on the main guideway doesn’t have to slow or stop for other coaches as they load and unload passengers. At each station the bogey’s batteries will be charged through the flash charging system. The charging infrastructure not only charges the bogies but could also be incorporated into a micro grid system. The micro grid can be bolstered with extensive solar panels installed along the length of the guideways.
The network of guideways is the single largest installation cost of the ATN and it creates the most signicant visual impact of the system. The SwiftATN design takes both of these key factors into consideration. Our guideway requires minimal installation costs compared to other forms of transit (less than 1/3 the cost of light rail) and it minimizes the visual impact or “sky-print” by keeping the width of the track small. Because the underlying shape and structure of the guideway are very simple, we can easily work with architects, city designers, and building owners to integrate the design into their current architectural theme. Our guideway system will also support and conceal other utility lines, which can de-clutter and enhance the appearance of roadways and cityscapes.