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Pop-Up Metro, LLC



Pop-Up Metro is a fresh Transit Infrastructure alternative utilizing existing low-density freight rail lines and North America’s only battery-propelled passenger cars.    Pop-Up Metro offers a reliable, low-cost, and sustainable option allowing communities considering rail options to both prove the concept and prove the market in an expedited, economic, low-risk manner.

Pop-Up Metro is offered as a Turnkey “Kit” incorporating trains, ADA complaint modular platforms, charging equipment, maintenance infrastructure, training, and operating plan as an annual lease, eliminating the high up-front capital commitment typically associated with light Metro start-ups or service extensions.

Pop-Up Metro trains can be used to maximize the utility of existing light density freight lines in communities interested in rail transit options. For less than the cost of a full feasibility study, communities can test actual ridership and evaluate the operation while jump-starting the development of rail transit corridors.

Two active battery powered train-sets are now active in demonstration operations at Rockhill Furnace, PA on a 1.8 mile test track on the East Broad Top Railroad.

Pop-Up Metro is now expanding beyond the demonstration operation and we are looking for opportunities in communities that combine:

  • Mobility challenges such as traffic congestion or financial barriers to transit investment;
  • Willing host railroads interested in increasing their revenue from light density freight lines; and
  • Local sponsors in either the public or private sectors.


CMU's Posner Lays Track for Future of Rail Transit

11-Aug-2021 | Carnegie Mellon University

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Meg Richards and the Unplanned Path

28-Jun-2022 | Carnegie Mellon University

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Accelerating the Adoption of Zero-Emission Rail Technologies with Battery Electric Multiple Units and Fast Charge


TRB Annual Meeting 2022

Pop-Up Metro: Creating value for light density urban freight lines


The NJ Transaction 2020, NJ

Pop-Up Metro Overview



Pop-Up Metro, LLC
+1 (412) 928 7730
Nate Asplund, President