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An artist rendering of what a personal rapid transit system could look like at Point South in McDonough.

McDONOUGH — Georgia Mobility Solutions Inc. is interested in bringing a new way to travel to the city of McDonough.

During the Feb. 4 City Council meeting, Georgia Mobility Executive Chairman J.T. Williams presented to the board the idea of bringing a personal rapid transit system to the city.

Billed as a “high capacity, high speed, non-stop, solar powered door to door transit,” the company proposes building an above ground track on which personal pods would transport residents throughout the city. The pilot route would take residents from downtown McDonough to the South Point shopping district.

Williams said the pods would be like “your own vehicle and better than Uber.” He said the cost to use would be “more than a bus ride, but less than an Uber ride.”

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According to the presentation, the personal transit system would help to alleviate traffic, pollution and parking congestion in the city and bring “green” jobs to the south metro area.

The system would be privately funded and operated using already existing public rights of way while costing the city nothing. Williams said McDonough would collect 5% of Georgia Mobility’s gross revenues for use of rights of way.

The system would be the first constructed in the country, making McDonough the “Silicone Valley of transportation,” said Georgia Mobility CEO Auta Lopes.

For more information about the project, visit www.georgiamobilitycompany.com/henry/.

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