Riding A Retro PRT

NPR covers the state of Personal Rapid Transit today, and takes a ride on the first PRT in the U.S., running at West Virginia University since 1975.

From the NPR website: "Hugh Kierig, the director of transportation and parking at the university, is the man in charge of the bright blue and yellow pods, the size of minibuses, that zip students along specially designed roads.

"We can transport, under optimum conditions, about 4,000 people an hour. It's quite a scene when you see all those vehicles out riding the guideway," he says.

But Kierig says the system is retro and needs a serious 21st century upgrade."

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

Full Story: Personal Rapid Transit: Future Or Elevated Fantasy?

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