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Comparison and Performance of PRT

PRT is expected to offer cost and performance improvements over conventional transit and road solutions.   Expected benefits from engineering studies and pilots systems include:

3’-5’ wide guideway

Able to be installed on curb or median

Stations integrated into buildings

Small right of way

Comparable to light rail and advanced bus systems

Lower than heavy rail per corridor, higher on a capacity/cost basis

One-way guideway equal to 2-3 highway lanes

Capacity

Auto equivalent of 70-90 mpg

Up to 50% less than rail

Reduced energy use

25-50% lower than light rail

35-75% lower than monorail or heavy rail

Lower capital costs

25 -50% lower than light rail

Comparable or slightly higher than heavy rail

Lower or comparable with automobile

Lower operating costs

14 – 65% faster overall travel speeds than rail

Faster total travel times

Design Feature and Goal

Need

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