Commenter PRT Liberal wrote in response to a post I did on Light Rail Transit vs Personal Rapid Transit last month.
PRT supporters come from across the political spectrum. See: Who's in whose pocket?Interesting take on the issue; I admit I didn't do enough digging to appreciate the frequency of this attack angle. I probably had more of a knee-jerk response based on my nose for engineering follies. This attitude stems from healthy technical skepticism (I work on some systems that I myself have real doubts on -- and much more bizarre than elevated single-passenger rail vehicles.).
Activists against PRT use distortion, don't acknowledge their mistakes when caught. See: See How They Distort
The statement I have to disagree with:
But traditional American transit systems fail, on a daily basis, to win more than 5-10% (depending upon the city) of trips.Ask yourself this: if somehow you happened across a cushy job in downtown Manhattan where you had free reign over some interesting project, would you take mass-transit into the city?
You bet your bippy I would. And I think the vast majority of people would too, having a personal I-Pod transportation system at their ready notwithstanding. The fact that people still have a choice of transit in most metropolitan areas indicates that we asked the wrong question to get the desired low ridership number (5-10%).