07
Dec

2009

Transit Is Not A Technology…

Post by Steven Dale

. . . it is a movement.

Brian Tyler is an aspiring planner with degrees in economics and international business and he’s smart. His two websites (Paris, The Avant-Gard of Rail and Switching Modes) are innovative explorations of transit issues without the typical techno-babble. He knows how to connect.

Two of his posts in particular caught my eye.  One regards the proposed Oakland Airport Connector which is a close-to-shovel-ready Cable Propelled Transit system in the Bay Area.  The other, is a more general commentary about how the French saw innovations in transit not as technology but as a Movement.

It’s a fascinating concept and one I think applies to cable’s situation. If CPT is to be adopted on any scale with any success it needs people behind it. We need to talk and communicate and help each other de-bug, so that our perception of cable matches the reality of cable.

That’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of perseverance, I know, but that’s just the way it is.

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