“The hopes and dreams of a PRT system for Winona, MN is just that; hopes and dreams. City leaders have stated that this project ‘Will bring in local jobs’ ignoring the fact that if it is a government funded project, the local businesses are not guaranteed the contracts in the bidding process. How about property rights? Who decides what yard is taken to put in support pillars or offsets the lost property value of a home because it’s once beautiful view of the bluffs or river is now a view of steel and concrete? We have a beautiful city of approximately 27,000 people and already have two cab company’s and a well developed busing system in town, this project is just an unneeded waste of money and resources in a time when we are already broke as a nation. Chock it up to over ambitious government representatives thinking they know how we should spend our hard earned money better than we do. I will break out my old Simpsons DVD’s and we can all sing the “monorail, monorail” song together as our money wasted on another dumb idea. I hope that our city leaders will come to their senses and start thinking about fiscal responsibility and stop acting like kids at a candy store with eyes glared over wanting to spend someone else’s money”
This is in sharp contrast to Winona Mayor Jerry Miller's support for PRT.
Once again, here's a list of recent pod flops and fiascos:
Taxi 2000 lobbyist and Bachmann pal Ed Cain also lobbied for the phony U.S. Navy Veterans Association charity.
ULTra PRT Heathrow Debut Postponed a Fourth Time.
No $25 million earmark for PRT pork project in Winona, Minnesota.
The Swedish/Korean PRT prototype malfunctioned recently in front of the media.
The Masdar PRT (actually computer-guided golf carts that follow magnets imbedded in the roadway) has been scaled way back, This setback got a mention in the NY Times and confirmed in this Bloomberg article.
The so-called Morgantown PRT (it's a mundane people-mover) was the subject of a student newspaper editorial after a malfunction created a "fireball" and filled a vehicle with smoke. The cost of fixing the Morgantown boondoggle is $93 million.