Symposium To Explore ‘Podcar’ PRT Rapid Transit

Minnesota transportation officials are branching out from roads and rail to look at personal rapid transit systems

The state Department of Transportation is holding personal rapid transit symposium on Tuesday at the Rochester Civic Center. MnDOT is looking for Minnesota cities with an interest in personal rapid transit.

Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel says MnDOT should explore a concept that is being developed around the world.

Personal rapid transit consist of small automated vehicles — sometimes called podcars — that run on a dedicated network of guideways. It offers on-demand, nonstop public transit.

American cities including Santa Cruz, California, and Ithaca, New York, are working to develop PRT. Students at West Virginia University already have such a system, which dates to the 1970s.

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