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Alameda Point - developer proposal

At the September 28, 2008 "presentation to the City Council, Calthorpe Associates principal Peter Calthorpe suggested that PRT might solve any traffic woes that SunCal's plans to build 6,000 housing units might bring to Alameda. The PRT would run on an elevated track from Alameda Point and connect commuters to Jack London Square across the Oakland Estuary.

A system sketch (Orange-Red: 13 miles guideway, 17 stations, 65' Rail Lift Bridge Crossing, rough capital cost estimate: between $100M and $200M)

PRT (personal rapid transit) is an electric, 200-mpg-equivalent, elevated transit system with many 4-person vehicles. First deployment of the ULTra PRT system is scheduled for London Heathrow Airport in 2010, to serve Heathrow's new Terminal 5. Working as circulator transit for office parks, airports, universities, and other major activity centers, PRT is faster than a car. In these applications, PRT makes carpooling and transit more effective, by solving the "last mile problem." PRT also enables longer bike commutes and shopping trips. An introductory 3-minute PRT youtube video can be found at:

For Alameda Point, PRT will create a very efficient transit village, providing fast, car-free access to multiple destinations along the Red and Orange routes:

  • Fruitvale BART
  • Downtown/Park Street shopping
  • Marina Village jobs
  • College of Alameda and Rapid Bus transfer
  • Alameda Point 53-acre Sports Complex
  • Alameda Point National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bridgeside Shopping Center
  • Alameda Point cafes and parks
  • Fruitvale Shopping Center


Additional Alameda stations may also be created along the Purple route. The Blue route could ultimately link to Downtown Oakland, Oakland Chinatown, and Jack London Square, or to Lake Merritt BART.

A look at the Fruitvale Rail Lift Bridge: