And there's a good chance you never knew it existed.
Not that anyone would mistake Duke's Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system for a full-fledged urban transit system. Hailing from the halcyon days of the late 1970s, when such concepts were definitely in, the PRT provides a miniature subway car-style experience connecting Duke North hospital with the Duke South clinics.
Come Oct. 15, though, the PRT goes the way of bell-bottom pants and disco. Well, at least the main segment does; the trams will remain between Duke North and the parking garage, but the longer, main circuit between hospital facilities will be gone to make room for the hospital's forthcoming half-billion-dollar-plus expansion.
N&O writer Eric Ferreri has more in today's paper:
A covered walkway that follows roughly the same route between the Duke's north and south facilities will remain open and will likely be more heavily traveled, as Duke Medicine is encouraging employees to walk once the tram is gone.
But there will be other ways around as well. Patients will be transported via ambulance. Shuttles will whisk people from one facility to the other, and electric cars similar to golf carts also will be used.