Saturday, May 7, 2011

ULTra's Poison Pod Pill for High Speed Rail

Even as they struggle to launch their much-ballyhooed, much-postponed launch at Heathrow, the ULTra PRT hucksters keep adding more ridiculous CGI videos to gazillions of PRT videos already on You Tube. But, instead of trashing rail transit like this PRT video titled "Phoenix light rail is Trash!", this video pretends to love rail transit:

High-speed rail has become an increasingly attractive form of transit, offering inter-city travel that is faster, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly than driving or flying. But how do you get to the high speed rail station?

ULTra sustainable personal transit can increase the popularity of each high speed rail station, without requiring expensive parking structures. By connecting to high-speed rail, ULTra can increase the area that is served, boosting rail ridership, and making for a more economically viable system. ULTra PRT takes high speed rail to the next level. For more info:

The pod people like to argue that PRT is a "last mile solution" for passengers. They argue that Americans will not take LRT or HSR because they need a pod to take them from the station to their final destination.

Except that there isn't any "last mile problem". Passengers take the bus, bike, tram, cab, walk etc.

The PRT "solution" is just a poison pill to make rail transit look too expensive and too complicated.

As usual, the PRT guys offer distraction and misinformation to confuse public officials and citizens about reality-based transit.

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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