PRT Car Temperature

A staple of WVU is its unique mode of transportation: the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT). It’s a monorail system with 71 cars that can hold up to 16 people (or more, especially on game days). Whether people are stuffed in these cars or not, they can become heated or simply not cool enough, so the WVU Department of Transportation tweeted out for users to take note of temperatures during season turnover.

My sensor journalism class took this a step further. Instead of noting that “Car 34 was warm,” we used arduinos to take temperatures of 32 individual cars and crafted a story from it.

So, is it possible for PRT cars to have a comfortable temperature? Find our story here.