Friday, February 24, 2012
I would call this one really unbelievable if not for having been documenting all this crap for the last *mumble* years.
You know when you're planning a local transit trip, or waiting at a stop or station, and you decide to check Twitter to see why your bus or train is late?
All the big transit agencies have a Twitter presence. New York MTA has one. My home town King County Metro has one. My favorite Portland Trimet has one. And even Ken Avidor's Metro Transit in the Twin Cities has one.
Having these Twitter accounts is part of the public service. It's a new social media way of letting people know where the bus is. It's designed to reduce the number of surprises for transit riders. It makes transit more convenient.
But not if you're Ken Avidor. To him it is proof of techno-infeasibility -- if the transit system status being tweeted is that of a PRT system:
That's right. West Virginia U is doing what so many transit agencies do, informing its students when and where the PRT system might be up or down. But in Ken's brain it's support for his argument that it's "Time to pull the plug on the WVU PRT." And replace it with - ? He has never said.
What a Luddite.
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I am reminded of a recent back-and-forth that took place on Twitter between myself and one @JCTRambler, a Follower of @Avidor who, in addition to not reading linked material, essentially called me a liar:
No further response. An apology would have been nice.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Feb. 4: Nathan Koren states his opinion (see first Feb. 4 post) that bureaucracies plan and purchase transit systems without much regard for public input.
Feb. 5: Ken Avidor claims Koren dismisses the importance of public involvement in decision-making.
* I suppose I have to note that I would not date Marilyn, lest Ken try to imply something.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
A unique operational feature is that the vehicles will keep moving slowly through stations without completely stopping. This operation has proved successful when tested with handicapped passengers. Passengers alight as soon as the vehicle enters the station while others board just before it leaves the station. If no one boards, or if boarding is incomplete, the vehicle will stop in the station. Stations are arranged so as to keep boarding and alighting passengers separate (even to the point of having separate staircases).
Personal Rapid Transit Pod People Invade MexicoMore locomotion lunacy from the PRT Consulting blog about a Mexican PRT project called Modutram