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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:

Proposed is a 15-station, 6 miles of one-way guideway PRT system for Fairview Hospital, Southdale Center, The Galleria, and Centennial Lakes. A very rough capital cost estimate is $42M to $90M. The latest PRT cost information may be found at:

Edina Benefits:

• Makes Edina retail more competitive with Mall of America
• Spurs economic development
• Transforms what Joel Garreau characterizes as an "edge city" into a huge transit village
• Complements existing bus transit
• Grows in the future to service other areas such as South of 494.


Full paper: Network Transit for Edina, MN. Association for Commuter Transportation TMA Summit, Minneapolis, 5/16/05. 11MB