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    World's largest PRT system (105 km) fast-tracked in Gurgaon, India

    I can't (and didn't) discount the possibility that this project may not be successful. I think we ought to be able to agree that a large project that gets funded privately is more likely to be feasible than one that did not (unless investments are made randomly). The proof of the pudding is...
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    World's largest PRT system (105 km) fast-tracked in Gurgaon, India

    $600 million is a bit more than a laser eye surgery clinic. The due diligence is a different level. 11 cents (6 INR) /km is a lower fare than auto-rickshaws in the area. That so few are willing to pay that fare for transportation must explain why there are so few auto-rickshaws in India. ;)...
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    World's largest PRT system (105 km) fast-tracked in Gurgaon, India

    On the bright side, with Amritsar and now Gurgaon, we shall soon see whether ULTra's PRT solution works in urban environments. I doubt a private infrastructure company would be willing to splash out $600 million of their own capital to develop a system that they are not very confident in. Don't...
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    World's largest PRT system (105 km) fast-tracked in Gurgaon, India

    If only. Robocars will be great, someday. The technology is still in the prototype stage. Unfortunately, robocars might not be the best technology for this application. This system is a feeder/district circulator for a subway station in an extremely dense city. This system will have an...
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    World's largest PRT system (105 km) fast-tracked in Gurgaon, India

    The system is 105 km, 143 stations. The vendor is ULTra, the private developer is Fairwood Holdings, an infrastructure company that partnered with ULTra on the smaller Amritsar system under construction. Three phases will be built at the same time, to be completed in 2.5 years. Fares are set...
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    Amritsar, India will become second installation of ULTra PRT

    The state government has officially awarded the contract.
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    Toronto | Ryerson's Mattamy Athletics Centre + Loblaws at the Gardens | ?m | ?s | Ryerson University | Turner Fleischer

    They licensed the name. I think the dispute is between Ryerson and MLSE only.
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    Toronto | Ryerson's Mattamy Athletics Centre + Loblaws at the Gardens | ?m | ?s | Ryerson University | Turner Fleischer

    I guess you guys missed this press release... a teaser. http://www.loblaw.ca/English/Media-Centre/news-releases/news-release-details/2011/R-E-P-E-A-T----Media-Advisory---The-Loblaws-Store-at-Maple-Leaf-Gardens-to-Open-on-November-30-20111127416/default.aspx
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    how to gain privacy for a corner unit condo

    Tint wouldn't work at night when you have your lights on, either. 3M privacy screen! just buy a few hundred sheets and tape them together.
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    Harper Eliminates Funding for Big Science

    I did ASA as a lab in chemistry in high school, too. It was fun. I don't believe I went to an exceptionally good school either.
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    how to gain privacy for a corner unit condo

    Vertical blinds would probably work, but are a bit of a faux pas.
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    Target

    There's a big plot on Matheson east of McLaughlin that is currently idle. I don't know if it is zoned for retail, though.
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    Bed bugs so bad in Toronto they'll soon spread on transit, in theatres.

    Bed bugs don't like to hang out on your person, but they will happily live in your clothes, or hitch a ride in a purse, backpack, luggage etc. Whenever I go to a hotel, I look for signs of bed bugs, and I quarantine my luggage outside the house until I get a chance to deal with it. During the...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    ULTra, who are furthest along in commercializing PRT, are currently working on some serious systems in India along with a infrastructure company who will build it on BOT basis, with the cities only contributing the ROW above streets. It should be very interesting to see whether they can get it...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    One would think that innovative technologies are the ones that should be eligible for government support rather than amply demonstrated technologies. No one wants to be first to put PRT into an urban setting (all current deployments are in campuses) because it's risky. But if we pooled that risk...
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    Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars

    3 s is brickwall stop criteria. It's insane, I agree, especially in a grade-separated computer controlled environment. On the other hand, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong on a highway in mixed traffic with trucks and human-controlled vehicles. For liability and...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Pessimistically, a PRT system could be built for $20 million/km, including the ancillary infrastructure (maintenance depot) and vehicles. Some stations could be at grade, and others integrated into buildings. The projected demands for a LRT in KW make spending a billion dollars (plus present...
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    Did Hudak just shoot himself in the foot?

    ^ That is union propaganda, so take it with a grain of salt. Their site can be boiled down to: things are just great the way they are, just back up the money truck and everything will be fine.
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    Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars

    You need a fairly tightly controlled fleet for lower headways to be anything much less than three. If you allow headways under three seconds, I think PRT makes more sense, since grade separated vehicles don't have to stop and won't get flattened by errant trucks.

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