Sunday, January 10, 2010

Video: Tim Pawlenty & his PRT Pod Boondoggle

This 48 second video shows just how dumb Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is:

More info about MnDOT, Pawlenty and PRT:

Winona Daily News:

Winona officials gave new details Tuesday of their proposal to use state, federal and private funds for a PRT test lab at the Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical campus. They'll probably have to vie with other cities, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation soon may solicit proposals for PRT test sites elsewhere, a MnDOT official said Tuesday.

MNDOT press release:

Mn/DOT to explore personal rapid transit in symposiumdev

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The potential use of personal rapid transit (PRT) in Minnesota is the topic of a symposium to be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Nov. 17 in Rochester, Minn. PRT is a public transportation concept that offers on-demand, non-stop transportation using small independent vehicles on a network of specially built guideways.

“PRT systems are being developed around the world,” Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel said. “We need to explore innovative strategies that are efficient and cost-effective and can improve motorists’ commutes. Because transportation is a multimodal endeavor, we need to consider transit options for the traveling public.”

The symposium, which will take place at the Rochester Civic Center, will bring together community leaders and stakeholders, transportation officials and industry experts in PRT. It will look at the benefits of introducing PRT in the transportation network and will provide updates on recent advances in the system development.

Following the symposium, Mn/DOT will solicit letters of interest from Minnesota cities desiring more involvement with PRT.

Go to and download the white paper on pods in Winona, Minnesota (PDF).

Winona Daily News editorial about the pods.

Read notes from MnDOT invitation-only pod "seminar" in Rochester, Minnesota November 17, 2009.

MN 20/20: "Minnesota's Phantom Podcars"

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