Village Technology's Affordable SMRrTRAM People-Mover Design Receives U.S. Patent

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 20 /CNW/ -- Village Technology, an urban-solutions
think-tank in Annapolis, Maryland, has been awarded a U.S. patent (7,082,879)
-- with a Canadian patent pending -- for its unique SMRrTRAM People-Mover
method that transforms affordable, zero-emission electric buses into
high-convenience people-movers for congested urban corridors.

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    The SMRrTRAM design uses computer logic to synchronize the movements of
oppositely moving electric tram-buses in a single, narrow, dedicated
guidelane.  The synchronization method provides pedestrians the opportunity to
board a tram-bus going in either direction every 150 seconds from each stop
along the route.  The elevator-like convenience of the synchronization
generates carrying capacities up to 5000 people per hour.  Most important for
cities and traffic planners, the single SMRrTRAM guidelane can be inserted,
on-grade, into virtually any existing streetscape without eliminating traffic
    The method's use of simple, battery-electric tram-buses makes the
SMRrTRAM people-mover an affordable alternative to expensive fixed-rail or
elevated guideway systems.  The simple electric tram-buses, which can be
manufactured by a number of companies in the U.S. and Canada, have the
additional advantage of being able to be driven out of their guidelane to
share maintenance and storage facilities with conventional buses.
    "We believe SMRrTRAM offers a breakthrough opportunity for congested
urban business and shopping corridors," said Village Technology president and
founder, John Alt.  "It offers, for the first time, a highly convenient, yet
practical means for pedestrians to move conveniently back and forth through
congested urban areas, for connecting intercept parking facilities with
downtown cores, or for extending pedestrian access to and from major event
sites, like convention centers.  And it's a solution cities can easily afford
to build."
    Village Technology, comprised of Alt and two partners, has been
developing and studying the SMRrTRAM method and its applications for several
years.  With the U.S. patent in hand, and Canadian patent pending, they are
now seeking development and financing partners to build a demonstration
SMRrTRAM project and make the system available to cities and urban contexts as
rapidly as possible.
    "This technology fits perfectly with the emerging goals of reducing
carbon emissions and building urban sustainability," says Alt.  "One of these
zero- emission people-movers could replace thousands of parking-search car
movements every day -- and eliminate the carbon emissions those car movements
would have produced."
    For more information about the SMRrTRAM People-Mover Architecture, visit:

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