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1970: 'Surge in Technology' Ahead for Transit

As this Passenger Transport enlists the help of industry leaders to predict “the next big thing” for transit technology (see elsewhere in this issue), our look back in PT’s archives revealed this June 19, 1970 issue, which explores tech-related news from a few perspectives.

Consider this page 1 story, which credits the “technologies and materials of aerospace research with giving one of man’s oldest energy concepts a modern application.”

The article describes the San Francisco Municipal Railway’s efforts to finance the development and testing of kinetic energy wheel auxiliary propulsion systems in two trolleybuses—systems that promised smog-free, quiet electric buses, “an ideal transit vehicle for the future.”

Related articles report on data collection recorders small enough to fit in a suitcase and small electric buses that resemble today’s autonomous buses being tested by such transit organizations as the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, First Transit and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
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