03
Nov

2009

CPT Is Not A Cure-All

Post by Steven Dale

Cable-Propelled Transit is not a cure-all for cities or for poor planning.

Any fool can tell you that x is a cure-all for y.  Even I could do it and I’m about as foolish as they come (a point most wouldn’t argue with).  The question is, are you willing to just believe it out-of-hand, or are you going to be inquisitive and dig deep.

When people are angry, upset, frustrated or annoyed, selling panaceas is as easy as selling a stacked deck to a down-on-his-luck gambler.  One needs look no further than the War in Iraq, the “problem” of immigration or Rogaine to understand that people will buy into anything when they’re desperate for a solution.

Don’t do that with CPT.  Please.  Don’t do that.

Yes, cable technology has a wide variety of benefits over other transit technologies.  But it is, however, just a technology.  And as a technology, it is still susceptible to the incompetence, mismanagement and general bureaucratic lunacy that is the trademark of our humanity.

Due to the inherent simplicity and logic of its design, CPT can certainly correct for some of our societal defects, but it cannot cure them and it is certainly no immune to them.

Allow me the following analogy:  Vaccines heal nothing if not for those who administer them.  When administered negligently, a vaccine is useless at best and deadly at worst.  Administered with care and mastery, however, and the right vaccine can heal the world.



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