Anaheim PRT Circulator Sketch
For consideration for the long-range
transportation/circulation plan - requires further study. System could
begin operation 2011-2017.
First version: July 2008. Update Aug 4
ULTra is a battery-driven, 200-mpg-equivalent,
elevated personal rapid transit (PRT) system with many five-person vehicles.
First deployment is scheduled for London Heathrow Airport in 2010, to
serve Heathrow's new Terminal 5. Working as circulator transit for office parks,
airports, universities, and other major activity centers, ULTra is faster than a
car. In these applications, ULTra makes carpooling, commuter rail and bus more
effective, by solving the "last mile problem." PRT also enables longer bike
commutes and shopping trips. A three-minute animation of ULTra:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7hgipbHBK8 . Peer-reviewed market research
for two San Francisco Bay Area commuter-rail-served major job centers, Palo
Alto's Stanford Research Park (SRP) and Pleasanton's Hacienda Business Park,
forecasts a PRT-induced commuting mode reduction from more than 80% single
occupancy vehicle (SOV) down to 45% SOV. In these two studies, carpooling
increased to more than 30% and transit increased beyond 15%. Such commuting
shift could free many surface parking acres for higher use.
A PRT system would accelerate
real-estate development within the service area.
The PRT system should be part of the existing
Orange County Transportation Authority system, with seamless fare box/fare gate
integration. Substantial PRT circulator funding could come from an assessment on
local landowners, who will directly benefit from the circulator system. To bring
about such an assessment, a supermajority of landowners must agree that the
system will be beneficial.
comparison from Anaheim Stadium to the Disneyland Hotel:
A 3.0 mile PRT trip would take about 6 minutes, including a 20 second average
Driving via surface streets is 2.8 miles and takes about 8 minutes (with no
traffic). Time at either end spent parking
If the dark blue APM shown below were expended to the Disneyland Resort, an
APM trip would take about 22 minutes: a) 7 1/2 minute wait (with the proposed
15 minute headways), 8 minutes to Katella/Harbor, and 6 minutes to Ball and
Google Maps estimates a local bus trip with 1 transfer and walking takes about
Google Maps 2.8 walking time is estimated at 58 minutes.
Peter Calthorpe of Calthorpe
Associates, author: The Next American Metropolis: We need better transit
circulator technology: personal rapid transit:
In a six-page paper,
, Calthorpe writes: "All the advantages of New Urbanism - its compact land
saving density, its walkable mix of uses, and its integrated range of housing
opportunities - would be supported and amplified by a circulation system that
offers fundamentally different choices in mobility and access. Smart Growth
and new Urbanism have begun the work of redefining America's twenty-first
century development paradigms. Now it is time to redefine the circulation
armature that supports them. It is short sighted to think that significant
changes in land-use and regional structure can be realized without
fundamentally reordering our circulation system."
Sketch Alignment, July 29, 2008: 30 stations, 18.7km / 11.6mi guideway
(At $15M per mile, that's $174M)
High resolution map with aerial
photography. 5,500 x 3700, 4MB:
http://www.ultraprt.net/anaheimSketch7big.jpg (different Disney treatment)
Referring to the Anaheim Transit Plan, a PRT
Circulator provides the following benefits:
Anaheim Transit Master Plan -
Dec '07, (page 9 of 122):
- Improves upon Concept 1 (dark blue), the
$240M-$270M APM alignment proposed for ARTIC-Triangle-Resort (this is a
superset of red Concept 4 shuttle bus)
- Less expensive ($174M)
- More stations (30+ versus about 8) serving
many more potential riders (within either a 200 meter, 300 meter, or 1/4
mile walking radius). Projected APM ridership is 2.5M pax per year or 7,000
- PRT provides two-dimensional network transit
service with no-wait, non-stop service, APM provides one-dimensional linear
transit service with waiting and stops at every station. Hence, PRT provides
faster, more frequent service
- PRT has much lower visual impact than APM.
- By 2009, Metrolink will provide all day,
more frequent service. PRT will complement improved Metrolink service.
- HSR is envisioned for ARTIC, and PRT will
better feed riders to HSR
- The previously dropped project, the "ARTIC -
UCI Medical Center - The Block" Connector is enabled by PRT and included.
This adds about 3.6 km of guideway.
- Eliminates the need for the Fujishige Farms
moving sidewalk option.
- The large number of hotels served argues for
express airport bus service.
- See page 71 of 122 in
- Serves most the of Anaheim Resort Transit
(ART) system with faster, more frequent service.
- Feeds more riders to Concept 2 (green), the
bus between ARTIC, downtown Anaheim, and Fullerton Transportation Center.
Provides the opportunity for this bus to stop at Katella and turn around
(dropping passengers for PRT), increasing Concept 2 frequency. From this spot,
riders will transfer to PRT and be able to reach Platinum Triangle and ARTIC
faster, while being able to distribute to the entire, larger PRT service area.
- Feeds more riders to Concept 3 (light blue),
ARTIC-Anaheim Canyon station bus, by feeding in more passengers via PRT.
- Feeds more riders to Concept 5 (orange), West
Anaheim commuter shuttles
- Concept 6 (purple), Anaheim Canyon feeder
shuttles could be extended South to a PRT station, increasing ridership
- Feeds more riders to OCTA BRT routes such as
Katella Ave, Harbor Blvd, and State College Blvd. Reduces the need for
multiple BRT bus stops within the PRT service area, improving BRT service
- Implementable within the first 5 years of
circulator system could have some of the following stations:
West of I5:
(20M annual visitors, 25,000 jobs)
Disneyland / California Adventure
- Main Entrance
Paradise Pier Hotel
Parking (+ hotels: Alpine, Candy Cane)
- The Fujishige Farms
mega-block southeast of Harbor/Katella could be the site of new Disney
(+ hotel: Red Lion)
- Desert Inn (+ Ramada, Best
Westerns x 2, Park Vue, Tropicana, Carousel, Fairfield, Quality, HoJo)
Holiday Inn (+ Staybridge)
Gardenwalk (+ hotels: Worldmark, Castle)
Convention Center & Hotels (+ Sheraton Park, Jolly Roger, Portofino, Clarion,
Block at Orange (+ City Tower + Crystal Cathedral)
Medical Center (+ DoubleTree hotel)
I5: (22,400 residents, 37,100 jobs, regional transit hub, Angel Stadium)