EcoPRT was originally conceived in response to a significant need at North Carolina State University. For over a decade, the master architectural plan for the NCSU campus has shown a transportation corridor marked “Future monorail” between the D.H. Hill library on Main campus and the Hunt library on Centennial campus. EcoPRT is being designed and prototyped to be the system that fills this corridor. The following images show one concept for how EcoPRT would look on campus.
EcoPRT’s design contains four important elements that make it the best possible system for this application at NCSU:
- The guideway and vehicles are designed to make the system as inexpensive as possible. NCSU has considered systems like Ultra PRT in the past, but there is no way to justify or recoup the cost of such a system.
- Once the main line between the two libraries is complete, it will be very quick and easy to expand the EcoPRT system by adding additional guideway, vehicles and stations.
- It is possible and easy to relocate EcoPRT guideway. There is still a great deal of construction slated for the NCSU campus, and EcoPRT can change over time.
- Because of EcoPRT’s low cost, small footprint and innovative fare model, it is easy to imagine EcoPRT spreading from NCSU into the surrounding community. See the EcoPRT video for an example.
The interesting side effect of EcoPRT’s design at NCSU is that these same features make EcoPRT suitable for thousands of circulator applications around the world. Because of its low cost, small footprint and sensible design, EcoPRT can fit into a wide variety of environments including college campuses, business campuses, airports, shopping centers, urban cores and large suburban developments.
For more information please see: The Eight Advantages of EcoPRT