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The PRT NewsCenter

We started following developments in the PRT industry c.1989, and in 2000 we started this website. Since then we've evolved from unabashed boosterism, into an organ for education and public awareness, and finally into what we are today -- your independent source for news, analysis and commentary on Pod Rapid Transit.

Our content is divided into 3 areas:

1) The NewsCenter, featuring Page One news aggregated from PRT-related stories in the world press. We provide our comments and analysis, with links to contextual material in our archives.
2) Occasional investigative and feature-length pieces, usually located at our blog This Week In Precipitation.
3) Topic pages, consisting mainly of explainers about PRT technology and how its various aspects bear on public policy, and pieces written to debunk claims of critics of PRT who it seems just can't be honest.

We hope you find our offerings informative and useful.

Founder, Editor, Correspondent, Website Mechanic

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Site notes

Editor's Notes

Mar. 28, 2017- Fixed our bitlink,

Mar. 26, 2017- The site was down a few days due to a server problem.

Feb. 27, 2017- Welcome to NewsCenter 3.0. It's been a long time in concept, planning and technical crowbarring, but here it is finally.

The redesign updates the site's look & feel in support of our editorial approach: the continuing need for an independent, watchful voice in the innovative transit field.

What do you think of the changes and content? What can we explain better? We appreciate your support over the years, and hope you enjoy the new layout.

About the Page One link buttons: In addition to Twitter, I was going to offer Facebook and Google+, but neither seems to understand 'URL fragments', which I use a lot. So I am just providing a button you can copy & paste it into any Social Media app.

Manifesto Open/Close

We have a dream: that every large city have a rapid transit system that is an ubiquitous public utility. You wouldn't live in a house or apartment that wasn't on the electric grid, or served by the water, sewage, or waste collection systems, would you? We think there should be the same attitude toward transit access. Wherever you live in a city, you should be able to walk no further than 4-5 blocks to a rail transit station.

The key is the concept of a transit network comprised of many small stations:

Radial vs. Grid

Radial: How is this line-haul train system convenient for someone traveling between the red dots?

Grid: Put the red dots anywhere, and the grid transit network makes travel between them convenient.
Transit Grid ©2000 Get On Board!PRT

Transit Grid ©2000 Get On Board!PRT

Subways would be ideal, and we think subways ought to be the core of any serious urban rail network. We acknowledge that Portland has proven that light rail can also fill this central role. But at today's prices, a truly pervasive network with the desired 4-5-block-walk criterion is not affordable.

Enter Personal Rapid Transit pods.

What PRT Is Open/Close

What PRT Could Be Open/Close

What PRT Is Not Open/Close

What's next Open/Close

How do you feel about driverless (DL) or semi-autonomous cars? Open/Close

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