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By Tim Ashmore from the Ithaca Journal:

ITHACA — Imagine it: Ithaca with less traffic congestion, less road construction and a new-age monorail zipping people around some 15 feet above ground. The concept may sound strange, but after a conference in Uppsala, Sweden in October Connect Ithaca, an organization dedicated to building a more sustainable infrastructure, met with the Institute for Sustainable Transportation and learned about a transportation system that’s safer, faster, cleaner and quieter than any transit unit used on Ithaca’s streets.The monorail is called PRT, short for personal rapid transit systems, or podcar, and though at present it’s only an idea being kicked around by some residents, it could become a reality sooner than people might think.

“The industry itself, of course, has in its own best interest to start building these networks,” said Jacob Roberts, former chairman of Connect Ithaca and representative at the 2007 conference.

Roberts said if the community gets behind the idea and is open to it, European companies may be interested in building part of one of the first demonstration podcar networks in the world for free.

He said that creating demonstration cities is a good way for the companies to market its product.

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Adopted from the Cornell Daily Sun by Carlos Rymer and Gregory Falco:

Got wireless? Got iPod? Got JPods? You may be wondering, “What’s a JPod?” Well, in the age of information and the high-techs, most people feel like they’re fully connected to the world. Cellphones and the Internet have virtually “connected” you to the rest of the world, but what about your physical connection? There’s a new mode of transportation coming to America and it’s called PRT, or personal rapid transit. It promises to make transit amazingly reliable, convenient and sexy. Are you interested yet?

PRT is an overhead rail that is completely automated, taking passengers from one location to a destination without even having to deal with stop lights or congestion! You go to a station, hop into a capsule (no medicine here) that will be waiting for you and select where you want to go. This system has been extensively researched and developed since the 1980’s, especially in Europe, and it is now ready to make mobility green, cheap and easy. Hop into our capsule, we’ll explain.

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Check out Campus Sustainability News, featuring student organizations on the Cornell campus and Connect Ithaca! This newsletter is hosted by the Cornell Sustainability Hub.

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Connect Ithaca is a new group composed of Ithaca residents and students from Cornell and IC. Connect Ithaca aims to share wisdom, news and ideas about the global sustainability movement with our community; to support residents and agencies in preparing for the future; and to assist decision makers in fully understanding the potential impacts of future development projects. 

More specifically, we will investigate and promote a range of possibilities for how we might redesign regional transportation and land-use planning in anticipation of coping with rising energy prices, climate change, and demographic shifts.

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