Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Personal Rapid Transit Would Visually Pollute India's Environment

India Talkies:

Many people here feel that the Personalized Rapid Transit System (PRTS) would harm historic Walled City of Amritsar and would hamper tourism in the city.

They believe that tourism is integrated with heritage here. But in the name of development for the city, the administration may damage the heritage of an age-old wall city.

Nobody wants a lot of elevated trestles cluttering up their streets and blotting out the sky. That's just one reason PRT is a non-starter.

Just another hilarious episode in a long list of flops and fiascos for the pod people - let's review the most recent:

What's not happening at Heathrow.

Video: Bill James Pitches Jpods Resolution to Hennepin County.

Federal Funding Nixed for Winona Personal Rapid Transit Project

Minnesota legislators tell pod people not to expect funding from the state at dismal MnDOT "workshop".

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.

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