For 30 years, almost all the PRT advocates have done the opposite of play nice. We have been proud of the fact that we're "proving the status quo wrong," "showing the ridiculousness of their arguments" and showing up at meetings talking about how great PRT is and what a waste technology X would be. We haven't educated ourselves on the funding process they go through. Very few advocates understand and can emphasize with the conflicting political environment most agencies operate in. All in all, we haven't been very nice. Oh, and I'd say that we've been guilty of our own level of ignorance, arrogance and sometimes even misrepresentation, albeit with the best goals in mind.
... Here's ATRA Board member Tad Winiecki commenting recently that LRT is a "well-proven failure":
As a designer and advocate of personal rapid transit I and my fellow Advanced Transit Association members have been accused of being part of the highway lobby because we would prefer new automated transport to the well-proven failure of light rail transit.
Mr. Winiecki is the "designer" of the faith-based Higherway PRT which exists (like all PRT systems) only in the realm of imagination and cyberspace.
Is PRT part of the highway lobby?
Here's one example; the Taxi 2000 Corporation was funded by the highway engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH). SEH shares a lobbyist, Ed Cain with Taxi 2000. Here's Michele Bachmann's pal Ed Cain talking about PRT:
Ken Avidor blogs about Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and other anti-rail transit scams.