I really don't want to get into another flame war over the idea of Personal Rapid Transit; my ears are still burning from the abuse I received from my last post. But I still don't get the obsession that public transit is too , well, PUBLIC, and that so much time and energy is being spent on systems that cost more and carry fewer people, just so there is no chance of sitting next to someone NOKD.
Here is another proposal to give everyone their own personal space; Australian designer Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan proposes a train with little pop-up booths or capsules that give you your own personal space where you need not talk to anyone else. No chance of finding true love on public transit, either.
Now I will admit that the old roomettes on trans-continental trains were rather nice, or that the new private suites on the Airbus 380 look quite comfortable; privacy while travelling can be nice.
But on a short run I think I would rather be in a big communal train car than be trapped in a phone booth like this. Cool renderings and video from Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan via ::Dvice
More on Personal Rapid Transit:
Personal Rapid Transit "a Cyberspace Techno-Dream"
Richard Nixon Proves Personal Transit Actually can Work
The Podcars Are Coming