Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heathrow PRT Twitter FAIL

After years and years of testing, delays and incredible heaps of hype, the Heathrow personal rapid transit "ULTra" pods are... still testing. Peter "PRT Guru" Muller breathlessly blogs the twitterific success of the glorified golf carts of T5:

Heathrow Personal Rapid Transit System – Unsolicited Tweets/Quotes

He has 9 tweets, four of which end in exclamation points, one tweet has two exclamation points.

Here are a few tweets about the Heathrow pods PRT Guru didn't post:

Andrew Frankel:

Thought BAA couldn't try harder to piss off its customers? The Heathrow Pod proves otherwise. Actually worse than useless this am. Pls RT

Rowley Douglas:

Sitting in a heathrow T5 pod transporter from parking lot - nice idea but walking would have been quicker!

UPDATE: Another thumbs down..

Thanks @HeathrowAirport for the pre-flight sauna. Also known as the Heathrow pod to T5!!

So much for the great PRT transportation revolution ....

Round-Up of Pod Flops and Fiascos:

Will Reporters Ask Michele Bachmann Whether She Still Thinks Personal Rapid Transit is a Good Idea?

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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