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February 03, 2006

Putting the PRT myth to rest for good

Like gold standard crazies, intelligent design ideologues and cold-fusion enthusiasts, Personal Rapid Transit nuts see something the rest of the world doesn't see and think they are visionaries as a result. Since there is no "true" PRT system anywhere in the world for these people to spend all day riding around in, they spend their time comment-spamming blogs like ours. A similar blog,, had enough of it and decided to fact-check the PRT claims. They found claims of systems that don't exist and studies that were never conducted.

I think that pretty much ends the discussion.

Post Author: rj3 | 02:49 PM | Link | TrackBacks

PRT is doomed to failure. I've said it before and I'll say it again: PRT combines the efficiency of cars with the convenience of transit.

That is to say, it’s neither efficient nor convenient.

Posted by: BeyondDC at February 6, 2006 10:54 AM

The closest thing to a full PRT system ever built was the Denver Airport Luggage System. United Airlines just dumped the remaining system cost ($187 million) onto the public by going into Chapter 11 and ditching the $1.2 billion in payments over the next 20 years.

The luggage prt system never worked as designed, but had thousands of luggage pods tracked to hundreds of destinations on 20+ miles of track. United used just a little part of it and shut even that part down to drop lost luggage rates and system costs. Many university studies of the system were done as it was one of the famous software engineering failures of the 1990's.

Of course, PRT pod cultists proclaim it was not "true PRT", after all a suitcase is not a person.
Well if it pods like PRT and has tracks and stations like PRT, then it stinks like PRT.

Posted by: Denver PRT at February 21, 2006 12:54 PM

Yep, you're right PRT is a joke just like all public transit. Why would I use a silly PRT pod or a slow clunky train when I have my car?

Posted by: DanBoy at March 3, 2006 10:29 PM
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