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Friday, June 15, 2007

Mr. Accuracy's Greatest Misses

Remember this old howler from Ken Avidor, the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist?

"...there is no PRT project at London's Heathrow airport..." Source

I can't help but be reminded of it, what with the latest progress report by ATS about its PRT project at London's Heathrow Airport:
Construction of the T5 end of the track started in January 2007 and there are now 22 foundations completed for the overhead section near T5. [Emphases added] Source

And this from the airport's owner, BAA:
Work has begun on the test track for the world's first Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which will run between the N3 car park near Longford village and Terminal 5, and will benefit local residents as well as Heathrow passengers.

The PRT consists of small cars with rubber tyres that travel along a guideway.

The system has a number of great advantages. Being battery powered, it is extremely quiet – no louder than a normal conversation at 10 metres.
What is more, it will reduce local congestion and air pollution. The PRT will replace the buses used to move passengers from the car park to the terminal, removing an estimated nine buses an hour from local roads.

The interior of each small electric 'pod' is similar to a London taxi, has full disabled access, and will be able to accommodate up to four passengers and their luggage...

Not bad for a project that doesn't exist.

Non-existent ULTra's non-existent guideway footings can be seen
underneath the elevated roadway.

December 2008: Another photo of ULTra not existing at Heathrow

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There is no Ken Avidor project at London's Heathrow Airport

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