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Old Posted Apr 8, 2011, 2:59 PM
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Morgantown's PRT system

I passed through Morgantown, WV last weekend. Since I'd always been curious about their famous PRT system, I stopped to check it out.

What I found was cool, but couldn’t be called “PRT” by any reasonable definition. The system consists of a single route with no deviations, and when I rode on Saturday trams came according to a schedule and stopped at every station along the route. There were bypass tracks around each station, so I assume the technical ability exists for trams to skip intermediate stops and go directly between any two destinations along the line, but what I experienced was absolutely no different from any elevated transit line in the world, except that the vehicles were smaller.

This is the main downtown Morgantown station, at Walnut Street.



To access the station, you come up a set of stairs and then go through gates. The platforms are then on either side. It looks like this (at Beechurst station):



The platform:







Pulling out of Walnut station:





Several trams were parked at Beechurst station:



Between stations:







Inside a tram:



Back downtown, I got off the tram and walked around a bit. Here's the tram and track above a downtown street:



The main street downtown, High Street:







This is awesome:

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Old Posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:10 PM
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When I passed through Morgantown, I was eager to see the PRT as well. It is odd to see the little cars moving around overhead. Almost like toys. After seeing your pictures, I regret not taking a ride. A great way to see the town and scenery.

Also, I wondered if people were actually using it. I suppose being a big college town, the system is useful to students, as well as others.
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nice. thanks for posting this up. I heard the prt here was wildly over budget, but proved to be very effective, which is cool cause i would like to see more of them used in the US. Also heard somewhere they were considering one of these for Ithaca NY ....im pretty sure i heard that...idk
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"personal" is right. how cute. (and cool.)
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Pretty cool stuff, Cirrus! Thanks for posting those photos!

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What a neat little tour. I don't know the effectiveness of this system, but, it is cool nonetheless. And Morgantown looks like a nice town. Thanks!
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When I passed through Morgantown, I was eager to see the PRT as well. It is odd to see the little cars moving around overhead. Almost like toys. After seeing your pictures, I regret not taking a ride. A great way to see the town and scenery.
Just what I was feeling.


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Also heard somewhere they were considering one of these for Ithaca NY ....im pretty sure i heard that...idk
There has been some talk, here's a NY Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/ny.../21podcar.html


Morgantown is a gem in the hills. Enjoyed the tour and dandy pics Dan, thanks.
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I just did a little reading on this system, and it does seem to work quite well for what it was intended for, mainly to get students/faculty around from the various parts of the WVU campus, since it's spread across the city in several sections. That being said, it's kind of ludicrous for it not to run late-night, especially on Saturday. It's definitely old, and there were lots of comments about how the computer systems are literally 30 years old, only recently being upgraded at this point. Also there seem to be some expansions for it in the works as well.

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well, I can say I've seen the morgantown PRT now.

nice lil' tour.
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Morgantown is cool.
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Ah, a baby transit system, isn't it adorable Even though its fabulous 1970s space age technology, the PRT showing its age and the surrounding old buildings kind of looks like a mini Chicago or Philly El on some of those shots.

I love it. What an unusual thing to find if you were passing through town and was unaware of it.
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Ah, a baby transit system, isn't it adorable Even though its fabulous 1970s space age technology, the PRT showing its age and the surrounding old buildings kind of looks like a mini Chicago or Philly El on some of those shots.

I love it. What an unusual thing to find if you were passing through town and was unaware of it.
It reminds me of the PeopleMover ride at Disneyland, quite honestly! Except I think that was late 1960's technology! Haha

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What a cute little circus train!
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Enjoyed the tour...I had no idea!

Seems like a lot of infrastructure for such a small system.
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that thing is adorable!
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The rail structure itself looks kinda beefy for such a bitty little car. Weird looking but cool.
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Wow, I'd never heard of this until now. It seems like a cool little system.
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It's amazing how close I am to Morgantown and I've only been to the town probably 3-4 times.
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