Fresno - CSUF sketch
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: http://www.ultraprt.net/cms
The Fresno region has approximately $36M available over the coming years for "new transit technology" from sales tax revenue. There are four major activity centers in Fresno: The Shops at Riverpark, CSUF (Cal State Univeristy, Fresno), Downtown Triange, and the planned Fancher Creek. CSUF may be the best PRT opportunity out of the 4 activity centers. CSUF has a planned new parking structure. PRT could elminate the need for that structure. A CSUF PRT system could eventually expand northwest to serve a) apartments on E. Bullard Ave., b) St. Agnes Medical Center, c) Kaiser Permanente, and d) Riverpark. CSUF has a 372-acre main campus with more than 20,000 students and 1,250 faculty.
First sketch, April 10, 2007 by Steve Raney with help from Dennis Manning. 5 miles of guideway with 11 stations. The PRT system should be part of the Fresno public transit system, with seamless fare box/fare gate integration. Smooth connection to planned Ceder and Shaw BRT is important. This is a very rough sketch. Station locations and guideway placement will change dramatically in a thorough system design.
Larger aerial image: http://www.ultraprt.net/CSUF_alignment.jpg