Mountain View studying automated transit system
With ongoing development in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, city officials are worried about adding to already congested traffic between North Bayshore and the city’s transit hub at Castro Street and Central Expressway.
That has led to ideation to deal with the problem, including something called “automated guideway transportation” (AGT).
AGT might be part of a “solution to improve the last-mile connectivity and other mobility challenges,” according to the city.
City documents describe AGT as “a category of advanced transportation technology that is primarily characterized by being both fully automated and driverless. This technology is often found at airports to get people between terminals.”
AGT might be a way around adding road capacity, which “is neither practical nor preferred to address the increasing traffic congestion that undermines the continued economic growth and vitality of the city,” according to city documents.
A study is underway to determine if such a system would be worthwhile.
The study, run by Jim Lightbody of the firm Nelson/Nygaard in San Francisco, is looking at several forms of transportation, from self-guided electric buses running on rubber tires to monorail systems and elevated cable cars.
For the study, AGT technologies are defined broadly to include those that require grade-separation and/or exclusive rights-of-way, which can only operate while physically separated from normal vehicular and other traffic; but also those that do not require grade-separation or exclusive right-of-way, which can operate in rights-of-way shared with other modes of traffic.
The study began gathering data and developing study assumptions in January. The first community outreach meeting was held April 3, followed by a council study ses- sion on May 23.
Another community meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on Sept. 25, to present information about AGT, and to get community feedback. The meeting will take place at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
For more information about the study, visit https://mountainviewagtfeasibility.com.
Map shows the area of Mountain View being studied for possible implementation of an automated guideway transportation system.
The Intamin: P30 monorail system, which has operated in Moscow for more than 10 years, is one of several systems being studied for automated use in Mountain View.