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Mountain View hits the brakes on Automated Guideway Transit

Original post made on Apr 28, 2021

Mountain View's vision of a futuristic transit system to ferry tech employees to and from work is getting canned, at least for now, after City Council members voted Tuesday to defer the item indefinitely.

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Posted by Mike94040
a resident of Gemello
on Apr 28, 2021 at 2:31 pm

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While the Council decision to suspend the AGT study is not surprising, what I find disappointing is the myth about costs. True PRT systems are more in the $10 million per mile and are nothing like the bulky concrete guideways used at SFO, or as depicted on many of the consultants images. Unfortunately the consultants hired know little about emerging PRT technologies, but focus on large People Mover systems.


Posted by A Talking Cat
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2021 at 2:33 pm

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Just spend a fraction of the money on safe bicycle paths. During rush hours they can move WAY more people than cars, or even buses.


Posted by DoctorData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 28, 2021 at 10:23 pm

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Or how about—and stay with me here—a bus?


Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2021 at 1:26 am

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They couldn't limit leaf blowers on Saturday morning? C'mon guys. Do they need some kind of impact report or what? :/


Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Apr 29, 2021 at 8:47 am

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With many Mountain View residents working from home, loud dirty leaf blowers are a problem every day of the week. I'm disappointed that a gas leaf blower ban has been shelved. The amount of pollution particles that a gas leaf blower emits is disgusting. I know it will cost money to replace them with electric, but that's no excuse to keep polluting our lungs one day longer.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 2, 2021 at 12:42 pm

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Time for a small Bus Rapid Transit system WITHIN Mountain View. This type of system is highly cost effective because there is minimal capital investment in fixed structures (guideways of any sort). It is effective because the 'start up' on the moving stock requires no R&D money. Buses + drivers = been there and done that (and the large VTA bus yard is right off Shoreline in the North Shorline area (Eureka!)

Auto-activated "free pass" timing of traffic signals (been there and done that!). Limited number and placement of center median "boarding areas" (been there done that SF, SJ and many cities around here both bus and light rail).

TWO LEGS of the system map - (Alpha Phase). Downtown transit center - one leg to Googleplex (and continue to Shoreline Ampetheater as needed) other leg to NASA Ames (low commute hours startup). Sort of 'limpy' but there is no need for 'balanced legs', or Light Rail connections at two VTA stations. [line operated by VTA under contract by City of Mountain View - WE PAY and We control service and our costs/subsidies]. Keep VTA out of planning and Public Policy prioritization!

BTW - the BRT lanes on Shoreline from Middlefield down into North Bayshore IS ALREADY PLANNED AND SLATED FOR CONSTRUCTION!!!!
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