'SkyTran': Personal Rapid Transit for Detroit?

A personal rapid transit proposal called "SkyTran" might be a smart choice for Detroit, according to this article.
April 23, 2011, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Before the city starts tearing up streets for the $520-million light-rail line up Woodward, which will inevitably cost more and be used less than projected, maybe someone should get back in touch with Sanders and at least invite him to make a presentation. Especially considering that he doesn't want any taxpayer money to build his new system, just rights-of-way, and would consider manufacturing its components here for export to other cities that SkyTran is sure will want what they see working cheaply and cleanly in Detroit.

'We're not coming with a hand out; we're a privately held company,' Sanders said in a telephone interview last week."

SkyTran officials estimate that the cost of building the system would be about 1/20th of what it would cost to build surface rail.

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Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in The Detroit Free Press
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