skyTran is Considering Baltimore for its First US Assembly Plant

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The City of Baltimore is considered to be an optimum location to build a facility to assemble "skyTran kits" that can be used to quickly and economically install Personal Rapid Transit systems across the United States.

skyTran™ Inc., a NASA Space Act company headquartered at the NASA Research Park near Mountain View, California seeks to ease traffic gridlock worldwide with low-cost, high-speed, elevated Personal Rapid Transit (PRT). The network of computer-controlled, two-person “jet-like” vehicles will employ unique, state-of-the-art, skyTran Magnetic Levitation (STML) technology to move passengers in a fast, safe, green, and economical manner.

skyTran costs a fraction of conventional transports, such as metro rail, yet provides the same carrying capacity. Factors contributing to the low cost include a minimal footprint, relatively fast and simple installation, and lightweight, mass-produced poles, guideways, and vehicles. These basic skyTran components will be bolted together on-site, as ready-to-install “skyTran kits” arrive from a central assembly plant.

skyTran is considering Baltimore for its first US assembly plant. skyTran expects to be rolling out its systems across the USA with several projects under consideration on the East Coast. Upon completion of its Technology Demonstration Systems (TDS), now under constriction in Tel Aviv, Israel, skyTran components will be organized, barcoded, and packaged into field-ready kits in skyTran system assembly plants.

skyTran Chairman and CEO, Jerry Sanders noted, “We are keen on exploring the opportunities that Baltimore offers. The City is in the forefront of those seeking novel solutions to the congested urban and suburban environments. We recognize that the city is home to key industries, top universities, and major professional services. Knowing that the port city is a leader in the sectors of healthcare, education, tourism, life sciences, technology, arts & culture, financial services and maritime commerce, we are very excited to be exploring the city and the region.”

According to the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, “The Baltimore Region has experienced a 31% increase in its gross regional product since 2001, reaching $138 billion in 2009. In Baltimore City, innovation and opportunity continue to fuel steady economic expansion and entrepreneurial growth.”

skyTran is now in the process of coordinating with city, county, and state officials to identify the many benefits of Baltimore hosting its flagship assembly plant including: creating more jobs, garnering international recognition, and bringing additional clean industry into the dynamic and diverse city.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with skyTran CEO, Jerry Sanders, please contact Roger Margulies at 650-319-8619, rmargulies(at)skytran(dot)us.

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