Points To Consider …
Although written eighteen years ago, David Morris’ Opinion piece on PRT captures some of its essence: a small footprint and efficiency. Three points have struck me about the article. The first is that developers and promoters of PRT are rarely (ever?) invited to discuss their ideas in the media. As David Morris reports, our Twin Cities civic policy public television program Almanac has never hosted any supporter or discussion of PRT.
Secondly, Morris relays that “An LRT system, at best, offers no economic development spin-offs. But imagine that we were to build the first commercial PRT system here….” Those authorities in departments of commerce (as well as transportation) are overlooking a potent source of revenue, not to mention robust job creation.
The last point regards Morris’ organization, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. As a neighborhood, community, or city enterprise, PRT is more likely to be responsive to the needs of its constituents than mega projects like light rail or highway construction. With a vastly smaller footprint, PRT would not need to compromise community goals in order to get federal funds.