Personal Pod Transit Coming to New Jersey
The suspended carriage rail system will be tested on Garden State commuters
Some New Jersey commuters may soon have good reason to be smug: if a personal rapid transit (PRT) test project proceeds according to plan, riders will be able to enter their own private pods, select from a list of pre-set destinations on a touch screen, and soar quietly away, overlooking traffic congestion below.
JPods, a PRT system developed to fight congestion, high transportation costs, and environmental impact, will soon be tested in Secaucus, N.J, a traffic-burdened community near New York City which, like many others, experienced severe gas shortages after 2012's Hurricane Sandy. The company has already begun building a mobility infrastructure for the system, which it suggests will — upon full realization — “exceed 260 passenger-miles/gallon, won't emit green house gases, and will be 1000 times safer than traveling in cars on the streets below.”