PRT Promoters Stuff World Streets Ballot Box/PRT and the Public Process

This just in from Ken Avidor who has been following the PRT trail for some years in the public interest. I share this with you all since it shows something about this embattled community. I particularly like their  call:

· “Please don’t forget to cast your vote and ask your friends to cast one in support of PRT here. It seems to be a biased discussion here and PRT will need your support.”

And we have indeed noticed and should be able to deal with that without a problem for our final tally next week.

The rest follows:
—–Original Message—–
From: Ken Avidor [mailto:ken.avidor@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 29 April, 2011 20:00
To: editor
Subject: PRT Promoters Stuff the World Streets Ballot Box/PRT and the Public Process

Eric,

Thanks for a fair discussion about PRT.

PRT promoter Peter Muller posted an email he received from the Director International Development for Capita Symonds on a forum for PRT aficionados: http://bit.ly/jIjg1e

“Please don’t forget to cast your vote and ask your friends to cast one in support of PRT here. It seems to be a biased discussion here and PRT will need your support.”

Peter Muller is a self-styled “PRT consultant”. Muller’s Twitter handle is “PRT Guru”: http://twitter.com/#!/PRTGURU/status/63962273324085248

There is also a “PRT Princess”: http://twitter.com/#!/PRTprincess

On You Tube, Muller is “Podcar Guru” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2cu4Jh_rJ8

The shenanigans of the pod promoters would all be a very silly joke if it weren’t for their insistence that the public fund their schemes. I have an editorial published in the Winona Daily News about how the public is nearly always shut out of the decision-making about PRT: http://bit.ly/d04gat

Ken Avidor: Let the public have a voice in PRT

Boston Personal Rapid Transit promoter Lawrence J. Fabian in his Sept.
23 letter chided the citizens of Winona for their lack of enthusiasm
for the PRT plan proposed by the city of Winona.

“If Winona wants to think small,” scolds Fabian.

An interesting criticism when you consider that Winonans never really
had an opportunity to comment or ask questions in a public forum about
the PRT project.

According to a Jan. 20 article in the Winona Daily News, a meeting
where the public could have asked questions was for Winona City
Council members only, “While there was little discussion of PRT during
the meeting, the vote came after council members examined the system
during a pre-council informational session that lasted more than one
hour.”

I recall a similar PRT “informational session” for Minneapolis city
officials only on March 26, 2005. When a proposal for a PRT project
later came up for a vote in committee, the PRT promoters failed to
show up and the matter was tabled. More recently, public officials in
Daventry, England, complained that PRT promoters would not show up at
public forums to answer questions. The Minnesota Department of
Transportation held a “PRT workshop” Aug. 18, which cost $50 to attend
and was not a public meeting. Why are PRT promoters avoiding the
public?

When the city of Winona revisits the issue of PRT, as it has recently
indicated it would, I would suggest they hold a free, public forum and
invite critics as well as promoters. I would also suggest inviting
experts in the field; transit engineers, transit advocacy groups and
environmental groups. But most of all, I urge Winona city officials to
invite the public.

Grassroots support for any big public project is essential. For it is
the citizens who will end up paying for it— and if built, living with
it.

Thanks again,

-Avidor

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