Friday, January 6, 2012

Another Bogus Personal Rapid Transit Project Bites the Dust

A PRT project in India has been cancelled.

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine says Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) won't have pods:

GIFT had made changes to the original plan, which had proposed subterranean roads and four levels of underground parking, leaving the surface purely for pedestrians. It had also envisaged a Personal Rapid Transit System similar to the one operational at London's Heathrow airport and one planned for Amritsar. Now, the parking will be on the surface since underground parking and roads are too expensive.

The Personal Mass Rapid Transit System has been dropped as the Metro would come right up to GIFT. However, cars will remain in the periphery as residents and visitors will use district-cooled, moving walkways to get to the city centre. The city is being planned in such a way that future planners do not have to dig for 100 years.

I expect the much ballyhooed (and protested) PRT project in Amritsar to get canned too. Fairwood India still has PRT on its GIFT page.

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