LoopWorks is pioneering an advanced transit system to serve the Milpitas BART station by providing convenient, quick and safe rides for residents, workers and visitors. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is convenient because you simply go to the station, get in the cab that is awaiting you, and go! PRT is quick because it delivers you non-stop to your destination. That non-stop feature makes it quicker than using you own car. And it is safe because, like your own car, you decide who - if anyone - rides with you. Because PRT is so easy to use, everyone can ride it. (See introductory videos here.)
Our team of highly-qualified Advisory Board members played various roles in high-tech companies. Among our members is an entrepreneur, 2 financial experts, the world’s foremost PRT technology expert, and long-term residents who have deep community connections in Milpitas. This combination of experience and skills will power this project to completion within 5 years, and make Milpitas an international attraction.
LoopWorks is leading the effort to build a locally owned and operated PRT Mini-Loop to serve the BART/VTA Transit Center, Great Mall, Trader Joe's grocery store, park/school, and housing across Capital Avenue from the Transit Center. Success there will be followed by a second loop that includes 7 more stations. Major design decisions shall be guided by various owners including Milpitas residents, civic and business groups, and the various property owners, including the City.
Capital costs for design, construction and testing is expected from foundations and government agencies with an interest in reducing CO2 emissions and/or supporting transit usage and social equity. The goal of free PRT service for Milpitas residents will require on-going Operations & Maintenance (O&M) financing from stakeholders and advertisers, not riders.
With the successful completion of this dual-loop system, extensions are expected that may ultimately cover most of Milpitas. For example, the following map shows how a $264M investment that serves just 4 square miles of the entire 14 sq. mi. area of Milpitas will bring PRT to nearly 50% of residents. By providing 8 neighborhood stations per sq. mi. yields 32 stations to serve the area.
Whether or not this small PRT project expands, it will be a first-of-its-kind that will draw international attention to Milpitas and its leaders. LoopWorks encourages other communities to build their own PRT systems with the help of these documents/resources.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller