A typical network will have half-mile grids of guideways with stations about every one-half mile. This configuration places a transit stop within a quarter mile of any spot within the grid.
Little or No Waiting
The PRT system strives to keep vehicle at the station waiting for riders. It does not force the riders to wait for the vehicle like
large vehicle systems. Ninety percent of riders will wait less than three minutes during PEAK hours. During non-peak hours there
will be NO waiting since one or more vehicles will already be at the station when the rider arrives.
The average speed of a PRT vehicle will be greater than either bus or light rail. Non-stop service eliminates the need for a whole vehicle of people to wait while one or two board or get off. Without a fixed schedule, the PRT system runs when you need it, not at an arbitrary fixed time period.
PRT systems will operate 24-hours per day and seven days per week. Unlike large vehicle systems, the service gets better at night since fewer people will be riding. There is no need to reduce service levels in an effort to reduce operating expenses.
A PRT trip will be non-stop from ANY station to ANY other station on the network. There are no fixed routes to decipher, no transfer points to miss, and no timetable to keep. You simply get into the vehicle at the starting station and get off at the destination.
PRT systems provide a private ride in a public vehicle. A rider will NEVER be forced to share a vehicle with anyone if they do not wish to. There are no stops at multiple stations to let others on. There will be no stopping to let others off. The vehicle is yours for the duration of your trip.
Even at the busiest time, all passengers will have a seat in a PRT system. In fact, for safety and efficiency reasons, the vehicles are designed to ONLY be used by seated passengers.
There are no strangers in your vehicle to harass you. There is no loud music unless you bring it aboard. There will be no waiting at deserted transit stops or stations late at night. No one can get on at another stop before you get off since there are no other stops. A drunk driver can't slam into your elevated car unless they are driving an airplane. No one can attempt to enter your vehicle at a stoplight or intersection. Children cannot open the door while the vehicle is moving. If you fall asleep on the way home, the vehicle simply stops at the station where the system operator may wake you. Since you do not drive the vehicle, you cannot wreck if you fall ill.At any time in your trip, you may press the stop button to have the vehicle stop at the next station. All of the above, and more, are reasons that PRT will be the safest transportation system yet invented.
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