DOT is partnering with the Federal Transit Administration, and other agencies and
organizations to help accelerate the development of ATNs in the United States.
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: