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Traffic, Ferries and Bridges, Oh My!
By Marshall H. Massengale


June 12, 2009

I have been a regular SitNews visitor and Ketchikan watcher for the past nearly two years and have read any number of articles, comments, editorials, opinions, letters, and official documents concerning many of the borough's frequently discussed and debated transportation issues. These issues have included the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" debacle, vehicle traffic congestion, slow drivers, fast drivers, parking, ferry boats in and out of repair, and now the latest rant about a paddle wheel boat that kicks up a wake in the Narrows.

Perhaps all of these issues could be addressed with a major comprehensive solution called Cabinentaxi, a Personal Rapid Transit or PRT system developed in Germany. Such a system could not only link the downtown area to the airport across the Narrows but provide frequent, cost effective transportation from cruise ship piers to area attractions, restaurants, float plane terminals, etc. eliminating much of the need for surface street transportation.

Check out this thoughtful and interesting YouTube video demonstration of Cabinentaxi in operation:

Kind Regards,

Marshall H. Massengale
Sugar Hill, GA


Received June 06, 2008 - Published June 12, 2009



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