With the ticket in hand, the rider proceeds to one of the vehicle berths. At
peak time there may be a short wait, typically less than two minutes, but
during non-peak hours there is almost always a vehicle waiting at the
station for the rider. The rider inserts his ticket into the reader on the
stanchion in front of an empty vehicle to open the vehicle door. He then
steps into the vehicle, takes his seat, and pushes the door button to close
the door when ready to leave.
When a suitable gap appears in the mainline traffic, the PRT vehicle
accelerates out of the station and merges into the mainline traffic. Since
all PRT stops are on offline guideways, the vehicle bypasses all intervening
stations. When the vehicle enters the destination station, it parks at one
of the vehicle berths, where the rider presses the door button to open the
door. He then exits the vehicle and walks out of the station to his destination.
Sharing a Ride
Sharing a ride is easy, convenient, and profitable with PRT. Tickets are issued per vehicle, not per rider. So two people
sharing a PRT trip pay the same price as one person, and three people can cut their transit costs by two thirds!
Sharing can be encouraged by selling multi-stop tickets that allow the vehicle to stop at a station, let a rider out, then continue on to the remaining passenger's destination(s).
So in the morning, you may 'carpool' to work with your spouse, children, or neighbor who is going in the same general direction. The person whose stop is nearest the boarding station
gets off first, and the vehicle continues on to the further station. In the afternoon, co-workers or acquaintances who work near each other and live in the same general direction may share a vehicle home.
When sharing a PRT trip, you don't have to worry if your ride is late. You simply take the PRT yourself. There is no problem if someone must go home unexpectedly. Those that would have been stranded
in an automobile carpool can now take a PRT vehicle themselves. There are no parking fees to split. The vehicle will be off to haul another person or to the storage area if not needed.
Easy Access for the Mobility Impaired
Personal rapid transit systems will be easily accessible by the mobility impaired. Each station will have an elevator to allow
access to the vehicle berths. All vehicles have level-floor boarding from the station and EVERY vehicle is wheelchair accessible.
Since every vehicle travels non-stop to every destination, there are no route maps, transfer schedules, or bus placards to read.
When the PRT vehicle stops moving, the rider is at their destination. There is no need for an operator to watch for
and announce a stop for the sight-impaired passengers.