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Old 01-25-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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speaking of bicycles, can you bring your bike aboard a PRT? the pods look much too small for bicycles. if not, that would be another major shortcoming. one of the great advantages of LRT and buses is being able to easily transport your bike on them.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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PRT might be good for serving students in a college town environment or shuttling around passengers at an airport. but there doesn't seem to be much usefulness beyond a few specialized areas.
I agree.

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PRT is more similar to a monorail and not really comparable at all to bicycles.
Precisely.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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speaking of bicycles, can you bring your bike aboard a PRT? the pods look much too small for bicycles. if not, that would be another major shortcoming. one of the great advantages of LRT and buses is being able to easily transport your bike on them.
The problem with comparing PRT and LRT is scale and purpose. LRT (eg, VTA LRT; not streetcars) is designed to move a lot of people along one line. It's a backbone solution. If you're not traveling between any two stations on that LRT route, you can eff off, so to speak. But, PRT is really suited for getting small groups to stations spread out in a localized area across a mesh. It's a last-mile solution. LRT vs. PRT is not a good comparison because they serve different purposes.

As to Heathrow, yes, it is a shuttle, more or less, but it's characteristics that matter for a bike sharing/bike path vs. PRT comparison. That Heathrow is the wrong context is not relevant because the context doesn't matter if we are trying to determine the value of PRT. Does Heathrow PRT move small groups between two points effectively without consideration of the third station? It's layout could just as easily be at a college where bikes would be a reasonable alternative. So, Heathrow PRT is a valuable example to use.
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