Point-to-point transport offers three big
advantages over transit which stops at stations along the way:
People arrive at their destinations much
quicker. Point-to-point transport effectively doubles the average
speed of transit. For example, although BART can travel at speeds of
90 mph, it actually averages 40-45 mph along its route due to all the required
stops. PRT's running at only 45 mph can match the speed of BART.
However, speeds up to 100 mph are achievable with current technology.
Even at 70 mph, a PRT passenger will arrive at his destination in
about half the time of driving his/her own car.
- Less energy is consumed. All those
starts and stops take energy. Saving energy saves money and
pollution. If we are to meet our Kyoto agreements on reducing CO2
emissions, we must address our wasteful transportation systems. Until
enough riders board a bus or LRT, it is less energy-efficient than
- Passengers can freely engage in other
activities. There's no concern about missing their port, so they'll
be free to fully attend to whatever else they'd like to do - even sleep.
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