Prototype Planning Experience with PRT 720549

This paper describes the planning experience with the Morgantown PRT. The University offered an ideal site for the implementation of a PRT. Previous work in the field of transportation by West Virginia University along with a national and local need for a new transit concept helped set the stage for early planning. Early contacts were made with the University, the City, and the cummunity to gain support while the project staff coordinated with all levels of government. A feasibility study was conducted to evaluate the alternatives for the Morgantown PRT. Systems Analysis was used to reduce the list of alternatives and discern the best system for the Morgantown situation.
Coordination and timely cooperation was emphasized among members of the design team and between the design team and the community. The project recognized that social, economical, political constraints play an important role in planning. Some of these constraints had particular application in Morgantown. The project attempted to anticipate and satisfy these constraints and their interactions on the PRT System.


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