#Austin could be the testing ground for personal rapid transit in major cities

As far as society has come in the arena of communications during the last 20 years, public transportation has been treading water as city streets continue to be choked by low-occupancy vehicles.

Richard Garriott, a video game developer famous for creating the Ultima series and later becoming a private astronaut, hopes to advance the cause of efficient public transportation by bringing a personal rapid transit system to his home city of Austin, Texas.

Garriott’s company, USA PRT, would use “computer controlled, light-weight electric vehicles” to transport passengers along “elevated or ground level guide-ways direct to their destination,” according to the USA PRT web site.

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