Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Crossing of Railroad Tracks
Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association
Winner of the 2002 BRICC Award
P.O. Box 360581
Milpitas, CA 95036-0581
Incorporated: 1997. Gained 501(c)(3) status: 1999
(To read the full grant, click here)
Like many American cities, Milpitas
is divided by physical barriers that make alternative transportation
options challenging. Cyclists, pedestrians, scooter kids, and
others discover that railroad tracks, freeways and creeks are
barriers to safe and convenient travel. Spanning these barriers
using standard steel-and-concrete bridges has become increasingly
difficult. Nevertheless, America's
responsibility to the world community requires that we move away
from oil-powered transportation. Finding an alternative, less
expensive technology to bridge barriers will support transportation alternatives.
about a ferry that could carry people and their stuff
(bikes, wheelchairs, groceries, etc.) safely and conveniently over
barriers? People get on at one station and ride to the station
on the other side. The ferry technology could be
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), a small, light-weight Disneyland-type
As a first step
toward such a PRT ferry, this proposed project would
create the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) necessary for a crossing
over the railroad tracks in Milpitas,
To accomplish this $50,000 step, we'll contract with a consulting
firm and work with City officials. Once the EIR is written and
approved, the engineering and construction phases would follow.
A successful, cost-effective PRT crossing of the railroad tracks
could serve as a model to be replicated elsewhere.
Neighborhood Association (SNA), however, is planning for more
effective use of PRT technology. SNA is working to create a PRT
feeder from their neighborhood at the north end of Milpitas
to the Great Mall Transit Center
(LRT, buses and future BART) at the south end 3.5 miles away.
PRT is a new technology, so it makes sense to learn as we
go by starting small. A minimal system of two stations
with a loop connecting them - a ferry - will allow us to evaluate PRT
technology before deciding about expanding the system to service
Sunnyhills and the rest of Milpitas.
Such a demonstration system will cost less than the
recently proposed steel-and-concrete pedestrian bridge.
SNA is a
volunteer group of local homeowners and residents of the Sunnyhills
neighborhood of Milpitas
who work together to improve the neighborhood and the City through
various activities and programs. Our mission statement: SNA
nurtures civic responsibility and community service, educates local
residents, and bridges cultural gaps so that quality of life,
community well-being, and neighborhood cohesion blossoms.
Since 1998, SNA has managed over $35,000 in grant funds dedicated to
over a dozen projects - winning recognition and a number of awards in
the process. Board of Directors members will manage the project
in cooperation with City of Milpitas
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