Palo Alto 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
Proposed is an 18 station, 5 miles of one-way guideway PRT system for Palo Alto's Stanford Research Park. A very rough capital cost estimate is $35M to $75M. The latest PRT cost information may be found at: http://www.ultraprt.net/cms/index.php?page=cost-per-mile-7m---15m. System sketch (north has been rotated about 20 degrees counter clockwise):
DETAILS: Aerial image with PRT sketch, 10.7 MB, 5K x 6K: http://www.cities21.org/BABPC/srpPRT.jpg
See Cities21 Library Tab for peer reviewed academic papers on PRT for SRP.