Points To Consider …
The term “light rail” is really a misnomer. “Light” rail is actually heavier than conventional rail transport. Its energy demands are considerable due to its bulk and weight, and due to its continual need to stop and then accelerate. The train must follow a schedule and move even when no one is riding on it.
In contrast, Personal Rapid Transit features small vehicles consisting of light-weight but durable new materials. The vehicles are captured on a light-weight, narrow, elevated guideway (tracks) with periodic posts to hold them up. The vehicles do not have to circulate when they are not in use. The energy footprint of PRT systems is very small compared to other modes of transportation (rail, buses, cars).
The Metropolitan Council has not been forthcoming about the cost per rider of the light rail systems in the Twin Cities. It can be inferred that the public subsidy of light rail is very high and the actual use of light rail is low. We challenge the Met Council to show us figures.