The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal to open city streets to developers of small solar-powered "pods" that could provide individualized mass transit through a monorail and a large computer network that would let people set destinations for their pods and then just speed off.
Councilor Steve Murphy (at large) is seeking council permission for a hearing on letting a company build a pilot "solar personal rapid transit" system along or above Boston streets. In 2013, a company proposed a pod system for Columbia Point.
He says that if the new system takes off, it could save Massachusetts commuters an estimated $9 billion a year in time now wasted sitting in traffic - and provide a cleaner form of transportation to boot. He points to a bill by state Sen. Robert Hedlund to encourage development of the systems statewide.
The council's meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.