Friday, September 26, 2008

Shades of Skybus

Dead but not gone is the ghost of Skybus. See the NYTimes article from last week on the Pod-Conference held recently at Cornell. No, not pod as in pod-camp, but the people mover pods otherwise known as personal rapid transit (PRT). PRT is in place down at West Virginia University and is at least the stepchild of Pittsburgh's doomed Skybus people mover system.

so no.. I am not so naive as to join in advocating anything like this here, especially in today's uber-cost conscious environment... but you know, given one of the densest employment centers in the country in Downtown Pittsburgh, it's hard not to see it as an ideal place to operate a PRT system. Crazy? For sure, but at least certainly more useful than my favorite transit idea in town: the aerial tram from Mount Washington to the North Shore. Financially inconceivable? Either a PRT system or aerial tram would cost a small fraction of still extant Maglev. Ken, if you think maintaining bus service is expensive, have you ever seen what Maglev's operating costs were slated to be?


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

If we put an aerial tram from Mt. Washington to the North Shore, no one will eat lunch in Market Square. Foolish.

Friday, September 26, 2008 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Speaking of Skybus, who names these transit systems? Frustrated sci fi writers? Somewhere (maybe "Green is Good") I was reading someone trying to encourage a rebuilding of the trolley system. It sounded very convincing, possibly because I could picture myself saying, "I'm going to take the trolley" without irony.

Monday, September 29, 2008 12:15:00 PM  

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