Congestion at road and street network, air quality problems in urban areas and sustainable transport strategies have encouraged to develop innovative travel modes providing alternatives to the private car use. Personal rapid transit (PRT) systems offer possibility to travel in a public transport system, and yet embody many of the convenient features of private car. These innovative transport systems are at the moment developed in many countries.

In Finland TechVilla Ltd in co-operation with its partners has developed the concept of Automated People and Goods Movers (APGM). The background of the development work is leaning on elevator technology and thus differs to some extent technologically from other PRT concepts under development. APGM is at the moment approaching a prototype phase and therefore further information of its feasibility in different kinds of urban areas is needed.

The purpose of this study has been to assess the feasibility of the APGM system in densely built urban areas in Tampere. The principal case study area is the suburb of Hervanta, where the planned APGM network connects the Technology Centre, University campus and residential areas to the local centre of Hervanta. In addition, the Tampere University Hospital area has served as a supplementary case study area.

This feasibility study of the APGM system has been conducted at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in co-ordination with the Institute of Urban Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineering during 2004-2005.