Catherine G. Burke: Why personal rapid transit should be the next revolution

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God, what a joke. Each time someone brings this up I have a cartoon bubble above my head of George Jetson sending little Elroy off to school in his own pod and little circles spewing out of the tailpipe. It hardly seems possible, but this is an even dumber idea than that stupid Hiawatha choo-choo, no less so for being almost 30 years old.

posted by chrisim on Sep. 13, 08 at 12:23 AM | 
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http://is.gd/2zpP

posted by Avidor on Sep. 13, 08 at 11:22 AM | 
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has never really thought through the logistics of a metro-wide PRT system. I have neither the time nor the room to go through the arguments, but here are a few thoughts for you: on-ramps and off-ramps at rush hour, pods jammed up in stations, the number of separate tracks needed, etc. etc. PRT has been successfully implemented only in limited areas with one to three lines. It is totally unsuited for a citywide system. (Los Angeles? She must be smoking some of that California weed.) It's a distraction invented as fake public transit by people who hate real public transit.

posted by pdxtran on Sep. 13, 08 at 7:08 PM | 
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In 2004, Rep. Michele Bachmann co-sponsored legislation for PRT and promoted PRT with Rep. Mark Olson and former Minneapolis councilman Dean Zimmermann.... Does Rep. Michele Bachmann still support spending millions of taxpayers' dollars on PRT research?

posted by Avidor on Sep. 13, 08 at 9:13 PM | 
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...Ken Avidor has better luck in this thread about Burke's column, than he did the last time: http://tinyurl.com/686w58

posted by Mr_Grant on Sep. 14, 08 at 3:39 PM | 
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posted by Avidor on Sep. 14, 08 at 7:57 PM | 
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What a bunch of hooey.

posted by thinkclearly on Sep. 15, 08 at 10:43 AM | 
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And it's suburban nothingness that is reducing this country into something that's not worth defending. Our sons and daughters are spilling their blood in Iraq for what? To defend the curb cut between the Wal-Mart and the Chucky Cheese.

posted by voidoid on Sep. 15, 08 at 10:52 AM | 
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David Strom: http://prt.blip.tv/#501684 James Howard Kunstler: http://prt.blip.tv/file/928416/

posted by Avidor on Sep. 15, 08 at 11:26 AM | 
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yle Lanley: Well, sir, there's nothing on earth Like a genuine, Bona fide, Electrified, Six-car Monorail! What'd I say? Ned Flanders: Monorail! Lyle Lanley: What's it called? Patty+Selma: Monorail! Lyle Lanley: That's right! Monorail! [crowd chants `Monorail' softly and rhythmically] Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud... Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud. Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend? Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend. Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs? Lyle Lanley: You'll be given cushy jobs. Abe: Were you sent here by the devil? Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I'm on the level. Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can. Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man. I swear it's Springfield's only choice... Throw up your hands and raise your voice! All: Monorail! Lyle Lanley: What's it called? All: Monorail! Lyle Lanley: Once again... All: Monorail! Marge: But Main Street's still all cracked and broken... Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken! All: Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! [big finish] Monorail! Homer: Mono... D'oh!

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