Support for EcoPRT


Mason Ailstock, Vice President of Business Development for Research Triangle Park:

“[EcoPRT] has the potential to fit well within the current transit patterns of the Park. … Features of EcoPRT that are particularly appealing include: … 1) The small footprint of the guide way, making installation and routing easier. 2) The idea that EcoPRT could be incorporated into new and existing buildings and parking structures, to make it easily accessible. …”

Joe Milazzo II, PE, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA):

“Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) has been used successfully for nearly two years at London’s Heathrow Airport, …. The proposed ecoPRT concept, which would involve a different propulsion method, is worthy of more exploration to determine the feasibility of this particular PRT system concept.”

H Dean Penny, P.E., Sr. VP, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

“Based on the assumptions included herein, planning level “order of magnitude” budgets for the guideway superstructure are estimated as … approximately $1M / mile of guideway” (for just the structure).

Eric Lamb, Manager of Transportation Planning for the City of Raleigh:

“Due to the small footprint of the vehicle (in-line seating) and low weight, there could be significant cost savings in building an elevated guideway when compared to other types of fixed guideway systems …”

Dr. John Stone, Professor of Civil Engineering at NC State University:

“As a faculty member in Civil Engineering who specializes in transportation engineering, urban transportation, and land use, I believe their concept is a novel combination of existing technologies for a relatively inexpensive autonomous transit system.”

John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty (owners of North Hills Mall in Raleigh, NC)

“If there was confidence in the development community that a PRT system could offload parking demand, developers could be another key stakeholder in funding such a system.”

Dr. Larry Silverberg, associate chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University:

“Automation keeps the vehicles adequately spaced, which is necessary to keep the loads on the roadway at a minimum, eliminates the need for manual operation, so it allows for intelligent routing and efficient use of the roadway…”

 

To date, we have met with a variety of stake holders:

  • Executive Director of Regional Transportation Alliance
  • Transportation Manager, City of Raleigh
  • Transportation Manager, City of LA
  • Director of Transportation, NCSU
  • CEO of Kane Realty (North Hills)
  • Division Director, Transportation Initiatives, Advanced Energy
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Director, planning of NC CAMPO
  • Wake County Planning
  • Vice President of RTP
  • University Architects and Capital Management at NCSU
  • Engineering and Design at NCSU