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Transition

Aside from the actual system design, the most difficult logistical effort will be the transition from one system to the other.  Rather than attempt to convert an entire city at once, logical sized neighborhood zones would be converted one after another.  During the transition automobiles would be parked in garage structures or parking lots at the perimeter of the zones.  Once a zone is completed, users would travel to their automobile via the PRT.  As more and more regions are converted to the PRT, people will gradually lose the need for their automobile.
 

The last roads to convert would be the highways between cities.  Given the distances involved, it might make sense to develop an alternative piggy-back train mechanism to cover the greater distances more efficiently (TBD).

 


Initial Installations

The early PRT installations would occur in controlled environments, such as retirement communities.  This would allow for both automobiles and PRT to run concurrently, providing a smooth transition between the two systems.  The greater goal of the PRT system is to replace the automobile, but this scenario minimizes the disruption to the community while the PRT system is undergoing development and tuning.


 

Another good candidate for early installations would be any isolated communities, such as islands or remote locations.  A good example would be Catalina Island, California...

The total track length is modest and would provide a good test of elevation and corrosive weather conditions.  If test results lead to design changes, any incompatibility with mainland installations is less critical since the systems are not connected.

 

 

 

Speed of Implementation

Crucial to a smooth transition will be the speed of implementation.  This would be accomplished through extensive use of prefabricated sections.  The process would be analogous to how a child assembles a model railroad track.

In 1869 the Central Pacific RR set a record by laying down ten miles of rail in a single day.  If a system is carefully designed and implemented, we should be able to do at least as well as people who managed it without the aid of modern construction equipment.

    

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