USC Price School of Public Policy

Seeding the Future With ‘Podcars’

September 15, 2008

September 8, 2008

SPPD Associate Professor Catherine Burke wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about improving mass transit with “podcars.” These personal rapid transit vehicles would provide on-demand, private, nonstop travel on small, overhead guideways above existing roads, Burke wrote. “Podcars offer a new kind of service, providing the convenience of an auto without the negatives for the individual – costly to purchase plus high costs for gasoline, insurance, maintenance and parking. For society, podcars would reduce the use of petroleum as well as pollution, congestion, accidents, injuries and deaths,” she noted. “With governments in Europe and South Korea already supporting this development, the U.S. needs to get onboard and begin test runs on the podcar designs being created in this country.”