NEW: August 2007: 3,505 New Palo Alto Homes:
July 2006: Traffic Reducing Housing for
Palo Alto TOD: traffic
Silver Bullet Proposal: PRT Transforms Palo Alto's Stanford
Research Park office park
A five-mile, $50M Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) "shuttle" system is proposed
for Palo Alto's Stanford Research Park (SRP), complementing and significantly increasing the attractiveness of
commuter rail, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, and bus commutes for the center's 20,000 employees. The office park is
transformed into a transit village of two square miles. PRT provides non-stop, no-wait, 30 mph service over the
commute's "last mile," and services mid-day trips. PRT is an emerging technology under development in
Minnesota, Texas, and the United Kingdom.
A complex travel demand analysis was conducted on a sample of suburban employees, of which 89% drive alone. When
presented with a hypothetical Year 2008 commute alternative scenario, where PRT solved the "last mile"
problem and new mobility services solved specific objections, drive alone commutes dropped to only 45%. Extrapolating
to the entire office park, 6,600 cars per day are removed, freeing 50 acres of parking for reclamation. Fare box,
additional revenue, and cost savings total $16.9M per year, profitably covering PRT capital, operating, and maintenance
costs. The model for Palo Alto plausibly translates to 200 other U.S. job-rich major employment centers.