Photo of the Week - America's Only Personal Rapid Transit System

America’s sole personal rapid transit system transports 15,000 passengers between five stations along an 8.7-mile track during fall and spring semesters.

by / July 5, 2011
The city of Morgantown, home of West Virginia University, is also the location of one of the most unique public transportation systems in the country: on-demand, personal rapid transit. David Kidd

 

Welcome to America’s one and only personal rapid transit (PRT) system, serving downtown Morgantown, W. Va., and the West Virginia University campus. Though other transit systems may claim they are PRTs, Morgantown’s is the only one in the world where riders can hop into cars and travel directly from point to point without stopping at other stations along the way.

On a typical fall and spring semester day, 15,000 passengers will travel between the five stations along an 8.7-mile track, riding in 71 self-propelled cars that travel at speeds of up to 30 mph. It’s easy to see why the people mover, as it is sometimes called, is so popular. With a wait time of just five minutes or less, as many as 20 passengers at a time pass the traffic congestion on the narrow streets below.

For more information about the only PRT in the U.S., visit Governing magazine’s story America’s One and Only Personal Rapid Transit System

Photo by David Kidd