Moun­tain View study­ing au­to­mated tran­sit sys­tem

The Mercury News - - Local News - By John Orr jorr@ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact John Orr at 650391-1042.

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF MOUN­TAIN VIEW

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.

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