Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Links v1.0 Rev 1

August 22, 2007

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Links v1.0 Rev 1
Personal Public Transport by Martin V. Lowson, Advanced Transport Group,

University of Bristol

ATRA wrote a report in 1989 Report and revised in 2002. The 1989 report had

stated that current (1989) technology should be sufficient for a practical

PRT implementation.

Advanced Transit Association, Journal of Advanced Transportation,

Ultra, Taxi200 (SkyWeb Express), etc.

Indeed, according to Martin Lowson Freng in Engineering the ULTra System

( the technology is overdue:

“Every previous change in surface transport has involved a change of both

vehicle and infrastructure. Thus it is logical to examine new systems which

feature a change of both vehicle and infrastructure. This has provided new

opportunities unconstrained by the limitations of existing systems. The key

technology for the train, Richard Trevithick’s high pressure boiler, was

invented just after the major peak in canal building. But high pressure

steam could provide only marginal gain for the canal system. Similarly the

key invention for the car-road system, the internal combustion engine, was

invented just after the second major peak in railway building. Again, the

application of the internal combustion engine to the railway provides only

marginal gain over steam. In both cases, it needed the development of a new

transport system, vehicles and infrastructure, to exploit the opportunities

offered by the new technology. We are now past the major peak of motorway

building, so, by analogy with the past, it is reasonable to suppose that the

key technologies that will drive the next form of surface transport should

be available now.” Modular Automated Individual Transport SOME COMMON






Rapid Transit: A Potential New Urban Transport Solution Computerized Ultralight

Overhead Rail

Skycar — Moller International obsoletes


Example of a bigger SYSTEMIC problem, or more to the story?

August 22, 2007

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When support for the new convention center collapsed, so did the hopes of developing Scranton Peninsula, a scrubby thumb of land in the Cuyahoga River valley. The 70-acre cape has an industrial past, an almost nonexistent present, and the potential to be an invigorating downtown neighborhood.

Forest City had hyped similar plans in 1989, after it gained control of much of the property, but nothing happened.

It’s a story told often in Cleveland and elsewhere: Developer doesn’t get everything he wants; developer takes ball in bony, liver-spotted clutches and goes home. Cities are left to grovel, offering tax abatements like dowries for a homely daughter.

The hoarding of Scranton Peninsula may prove his point. According to the city’s calculations, Forest City and other speculators pay $436,000 in annual property taxes — a pittance for acreage nearly the size of the CSU campus and within walking distance of several downtown attractions. Ronayne, for one, is frustrated by the system that puts Cleveland’s best assets in cold storage for the benefit of a few opportunists. “The worst thing in the world is decades of squatting, waiting for a building boom that transcends our generation.”

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Soil Rights
Can Cleveland use property taxes to prod intransigent developers?
By David W. Martin

Ohio’s most inequitable Constitutional provision that protects reichs rather than rights?

August 22, 2007

“Land and improvements thereon shall be taxed by uniform rule according to value, except [minor irrelevant exceptions]” (Ohio Constitution, §12.02)

“The powers defined herein as the ‘initiative’ and ‘referendum’ shall not be used to pass a law authorizing any classification of property for the purpose of levying different rates of taxation thereon or of authorizing the levy of any single tax on land or land values or land sites at a higher rate or by a different rule than is or may be applied to improvements thereon or to personal property.” (Ohio Constitution §2.01e)

More commentary later on why it may be better to work around the current system anyways.

New Official Pledge of Allegiance

August 16, 2007

I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the North American Union.

And to the Repugnant, Institutional Repression, and Regressive Conservative parties for which it stands,

one supranational region, underneath a jealous, sociopathic volcano god, continuously expanding,

with liberty and just us for oil.

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August 16, 2007

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