Another whine is heard from (again):
"In "faith based transit" all is believable as there are no working systems, only websites selling dream transit.
The history of PRT has small failures and large (taxi2000.com and Denver Airport Luggage handling system) all have cost the taxpayer money (for studies up to several hundred million for the Denver Airport).
In faith based transit one only has to believe that the next incarnation
(second/third/fourth coming) will be the true transit. There is always the argument that it could work, yeah, well pigs could fly. The rest of us are taking reality based transit, cars, trains, airplanes, bikes, walkways."
Transit propagandists like Johnny can keep framing the issue however they want, but the fact is that PRT is a concept so obvious that in order to exist it doesn't need the conspiracy they lamely allege.
What they call 'reality-based' is merely the status quo. Parts of the paradigm will continue to exist because they indeed have utility. All the forms of transport mentioned will continue in some form: New York subways work; so does the London Underground, and many other systems. But there is nothing within that paradigm that invalidates PRT. That opponents must resort to propaganda and obfuscation (Denver luggage system? Not PRT!), despite the hundreds (thousands?) of person-hours invested by Avicrombie in attacking PRT is proof of that.
The PRT community is trying to transform the way people perceive and use transit.
Malcolm Gladwell ("The Tipping Point"; The New Yorker) has a number of compelling examples that illustrate how such transformative change occurs. People who have the ability to effect such change don't have to have political power, or economic power. What they do have to have is social power. They bridge many social groups; they know people who know people and can get things done.
One example involves David Sarnoff, who was perhaps most responsible for the success of commercial radio. Sarnoff was not a bigwig at RCA. The management didn't know who he was. He had no budget. But he knew people who could get him a transmitter; he knew a guy who knew a guy who could talk about boxing; he had salesmen who could get radios setup in public places. He was able to take those inputs and transform them into the world's first live radio sports broadcast. It was 1921.
People for the first time saw what radio was good for--it brought the world into their living rooms. People started buying radios. In the succeeding year 1,100 companies entered the radio business.
Sarnoff's bosses--the conventional thinkers--had been trying for years to make radio a success, and didn't get the point of Sarnoff's live broadcast. What good could that possibly do? was their attitude. They had been saying 'you should buy this big giant box of tubes because it will bring you news and music.' Yawn.
Today, the issue of urban transit is like radio was in 1921. Some people have the attitude that transit, by all rights, should be a bigger success. But it takes more than just telling people they should use it.
'Big giant box' transit has a role, and will continue to exist. But PRT is the transformative innovation that will reframe all public transit as more appealing, helping more people understand the good that transit can do--for themselves and for society.
All people like Johnny Pocket Sac have on their side is disinformation.
And no, actually, pigs won't fly.
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