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200 E. Santa Clara St.
8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-3850
Fax: (408) 292-6092

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Automated Transit Network (ATN)

DOT is partnering with the Federal Transit Administration, and other agencies and
organizations to help accelerate the development of ATNs in the United States.
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What is an ATN?
ATNs are driverless vehicles operated on a separated guideway that is typically elevated.  Unlike conventional transit systems, which are designed as a loop or line, ATNs serve multiple destinations over a larger service area via a variety of paths.  Trains and buses typically stop at each station along a set route, according to a fixed schedule.  ATNs travel point-to-point in response to passenger needs and network loads, skipping stations along the way, with generally no fixed timetable.

Benefits of ATNs
ATNs have the potential to improve the effectiveness of transit systems by, among other things:

  • Closing the "last mile" gap between a mass transit station and a traveler’s ultimate destination
  • Facilitating the transformation of car-oriented suburban areas into vibrant, cohesive, walkable urban villages   
  • Providing a high-quality passenger service that can seamlessly interconnect existing transit services. 

ATN Feasibility
In Oct 2012, San José completed a comprehensive analysis of the technical and financial feasibility of building an ATN linking nearby mass transit stations with the San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport.  The study, which was funded by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, concluded that ATN technology offers a lot of promise. But further development and testing is needed to confirm the technical and business cases for ATNs. The City is continuing to pursue opportunities to advance this technology and industry in Silicon Valley and the U.S.

San José ATN Feasibility Reports