Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CPRT Board Member: Football Legend Carl Eller Hoping to Start Development in South Mpls That Will Use PRT

Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit (CPRT) board member Dick Gronning lets the cat out of the bag at the Transport Innovators forum:

Around 2:00 PM an enormous person showed up and started talking to us. He stated that he was very interested in PRT. He knew quite a bit about PRT already. He stated that he was hoping to start a development S. of down town Mpls and use PRT. He said that his name was Carl and he represented a group of investors. I looked at him (Particularly his size) and asked, "Are you Carl Eller of the Vikings?" He laughed and said, "Yes I am!" He is president of the Retired Players Association.

Holy cow! Carl Eller wants to build a development with PRT pods in it?!? This is like the most awesomist PRT news since that Texas astronaut/video game mogul said he was going to launch a PRT system in Austin.

It's also possible that Gronning is not being entirely factual. Gronning is in error when, in another post he reports the following about me:

Ken showed up at the CPRT table that we had for the U.M CTS career day and wrote up what was actually a respectable account. He didn't visit us this year at Living Green. Maybe he too is changing...

Wrong, I wasn't there. the photos I posted March 2, 2011 were sent to me by a student. And no, I'm not changing; I still say PRT is a hoax and a scam promoted by con-artists, criminals and crackpots.

Gronning's comment about me is in response to the ever-klassy inventor of Skytrak Jack Slade:

Did Ken Avidor show up, or have a table? Or maybe he was visiting his Mother at the Chicken Ranch for Mother's Day.

The most hilarious comment is reserved for last from Seattle PRTista David Gow ("Mr_Grant"):

I hope you guys have stopped using the placard that mentions You don't ride with strangers, or words to that effect. So easy to misconstrue.


Sorry, Mr. Gow/Grant, but the PRT hucksters aint going to give up the fear-mongering about "strangers" on buses and trains . It's the argument that most appeals to their target audience - white suburbanites who are afraid to ride the bus or LRT with people who look like Carl Eller.

Here's a photo I took last month at the Sustainable Communities Conference of that CPRT display that bothers Mr. Gow/Grant so much (click to make larger):

More PRT news:

Petulant PRT promoters acting up again.

Skytran in Detroit? Meet Skytran CEO.

Another Crackpot Personal Rapid Transit Proposal Bites the Dust (Almelo)

Strange Minnesota industry - 3 Proposed PRT Projects, 6 PRT Companies and 2 PRT Lobbyists.

Former Rep. Mark Olson Returns to Capitol as a lobbyist for would-be PRT vendor proposing $100 million pod project in Coon Rapids.

The CPRT table at U of M Jobs Fair. Convicted felon is spokesman for the CPRT.

Daventry citizens say "Pods Off" to PRT TWICE!

Duluth News Tribune article about Taxi 2000 trying to restart Duluth pod project - hilarious comments.

The Pawlenty administration wasted thousands of taxpayers' dollars promoting personal rapid transit .

PRT is so not happening at Heathrow.

Pod people invade Newport News ( the article quotes retired professor Vukan Vuchic)

Bizarre hearing for wacky Jpods proposal for Hull, Massachusetts. Video: Bill James Pitches Jpods Resolution to Hennepin County.

Taxi 2000 Corporation spent nearly $80K on lobbying in Minnesota in 5 years. Taxi 2000 lobbyist and Bachmann pal Ed Cain also lobbied for the phony U.S. Navy Veterans Association charity.

Federal Funding Nixed for Winona Personal Rapid Transit Project

The Swedish/Korean PRT prototype malfunctioned 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. New post-mortem: "Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future".

The so-called Morgantown PRT (not a true PRT system) 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. Twitter Reveals Morgantown WVU Personal Rapid Transit's Frequent Breakdowns.

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