Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sic Semper Skybus

Kudos for PG for pulling Skybus photos from their archives.

Skybus, IMHO, is the Rosetta Stone of Pittsburgh's public transit history. If you want to read more on where I get that, read what must be the definitive history: SKYBUS Pittsburgh's Failed Industry Targeting Strategy of the 1960s. by Morton Coleman, the late David Houston and Ted Muller.

The last real vestige of Skybus as public transit (as compared to people movers you see around) is the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) in use on the campus of WVU in Morgantown.  There was some talk of some PRT-like transit system being built for Oakland and environs, but that talk seems to have all faded without any notice by anyone. Made for a good PR at one time I guess.

But I am just catching the most complete Skybus video now on Youtube is a must watch:


Blogger joe said...

man do I love that old film, grew up a few miles from South Park and the old rails were already abandoned by the mid-70s.

I guess you're going to make me read those old reports, but what exactly is the problem with doing something like this these days in Oakland and environs? Seems much more doable than a Transmilenio taking away already scarce and crowded (at key times of the day) car lanes.

Just guessing, but nearly all the cars going into/leaving Oakland in the AM/PM are not originating downtown, correct? (just going through/around). Whereas a good number of bus riders are coming/going downtown for connections there.

So just carving out a BRT will do what for the car traffic? But a space-age throwback Thursday PRT through Old SoHo* with views of the Mon River Valley and the South Side, now we're talking!

*Pittsburgh City Paper linky goodness.

Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:39:00 AM  

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