Saturday, August 18, 2018

That time Denver voters approved a PRT system

Looking amazingly like 2getthere's Masdar vehicle, the TTI prototype on display at the PRT Expo '73. Denver Library

Read Katie Rudolph's article for the Denver Library, Denver's 1970s Flirtation With Personal Rapid Transit.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Taxi 2000 Exits

©MMXVIII The PRT NewsCenter
Long time pod transit company Taxi 2000 closed in mid-2017, exiting the business without achieving a demonstration facility or system in fare service. A shareholder letter obtained in January by the NewsCenter revealed that in 2016 Taxi 2000 lost an angel investor who held 49% of the company's shares.

Taxi 2000's demo in 2005. Ed Anderson is at left.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Following Freely

Part V of the IPERT Series

Email chatter picked up recently concerning Freely and Workman, therefore we thought it was time to check up on the Dotard Duo's internet presence.

Most of it is the same old stuff–except for this listing at MuseumsUSA, which lists "Roger Freely, Curator" at the Western Museum of Flight at 12016 Prairie Avenue in Hawthorne, CA.

It likely won't surprise you to learn that is not the address of the Western Museum of Flight.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fast, Imaginary Ride To Courthouse - 2 Updates

Part IV of the IPERT Series

©MMXVII The PRT NewsCenter

The NewsCenter is able to confirm key parts of allegations made, first tipped by a comment on Part III , against IPERT fraudster Roger D. Freely. Not left out of the story is his partner Ivan L. Workman. The March 12, 2017 comment was—
Roger Freely tried to get a 16 year old child to move in with him. He also has a Facebook account. According to Facebook rules and regulations sex offenders cannot have accounts. However Facebook does not provide a way to report him.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Back And Forth With skyTran

One of the things we miss about the old days of covering personal rapid transit is the way everything used to be out in the open.

Perhaps an outgrowth of the federally-initiated PRT effort of the Sixties, the leading PRT efforts of the 1990s-Early 2000s welcomed publicity, and actively disseminated the results of their work. That Raytheon was playing with millions in public funds obligated some openness, but that doesn't explain why the private Taxi 2000, and later university spinoff Ultra, was open with the public to varying degrees.

But today's would-be pod transit makers are keeping their cards close to the vest. In some cases the caginess is due to an enterprise not being on the up-and-up (e.g. Maglev Movers, IPERT1, 2, 3), but in most cases the caution arises out of business security. Four, count them, pod transit systems now exist in the world, and the competition to be the fifth might be just that tight.