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11.22.2009

PODS PLEASE, NOT PEAS

Holidays are approaching. My wish list includes
a personal rapid transit pod. Space age? It could be here today. According to Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit, "less than 5% of Americans use public transportation. It’s just too slow, complicated and inconvenient." Not unlike Star Metro.

Alternatively, these pod vehicles
are electrically powered, glide almost silently on elevated guideways, high above traffic.

Imagine convenient access stations located every few blocks throughout Leon County, vehicles waiting at each station, ready to take take passengers non-stop, directly to their destination. Each little pod can seat three to four people, or one can opt not to share a ride with anyone else. Pods are always ready to go--24 hours a day. Driving is automatic: pods can take the kids to school or bring them home from soccer practice.

The University of Washington estimates that the system could cost
roughly $7 million to $15 million per mile!
There's a test track in Sweden,

It makes perfect sense for urban and suburban travel. I'm waiting to open my pod under the tree.

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