Personal rapid transit? In Korea?
 
So said J. [John] Edward Anderson, the well-known personal rapid transit (PRT) advocate - more than 13 years ago.
 
We commented about this story in 2005 (Personal Rapid Transit Non-News). We bring this up again because a colleague has provided documentation.
 
On Thursday, January 30, 1997, several individuals addressed the Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee on the subject of personal rapid transit (PRT). One of these was Anderson.  
 
Professor Ed Anderson, University of Minnesota, said that Korean cities are already using PRT systems and that such transportation would provide environmentally advantageous solutions to the intolerable transportation problems that Americans will encounter in the 21st century [underline emphasis added].
 
("Transportation Committee - Personal rapid transit considered." The Minnesota Senate Week in Review, February 7, 1997. Not available online.)
 
There were no "Korean cities already using PRT systems" in 1997 - on either side of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), and there are none today.
 
There are active PRT research programs at least in the Republic of Korea (KR, south), and various proposals for application, but none have reached the construction stage. We have seen no reports stating that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (KP, north) is or has conducted PRT research and development.
 
South Korea has completed development of its own Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system, and implementation is currently under way. The KR AGT system is essentially a domestic version of the AGT systems developed and applied in Japan from the 1970s.
 
In 2005, we wrote:
 
We find it difficult to believe that Anderson would claim, at 1997, that PRT was in operation in Korea.
Anderson not only said this, but did so before a Minnesota Senate committee.
This tends to provide evidence that "structural dishonesty" and mauvaise fois - "bad faith," as in self-deception - is a problem not confined to Libertarian-oriented crib clubs - pardon us, "think tanks." It also tends to support an assertion that we have labeled Avidor's Challenge:"
PRT is not a technology, but an argument - the argument is that there is no need to  invest in expensive rail projects because we will be saved by a miraculous  deus-ex-machina techno-fix that will never arrive.
We are well aware that the "blogosphere" is an entity with a very short attention span and a virtual memory that does not extend very far back. Having said that, we assert that this story is relevant today, more than 13 years after the fact, simply as a matter of ethics, which we as transit professionals take very seriously.