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Alameda County Moves Forward on Ultra-Light Rail P...

Alameda County Moves Forward on Ultra-Light Rail Project

Dexter Vizinau stands next to prototype of CyberTran light rail train.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution to move ahead on innovative public transportation project: the implementation of a demonstration and deployment of Ultra-Light Rail Transit (ULRT) in Alameda County.

The resolution gives a green light for East Bay-based CyberTran International Inc. and other companies to seek funding for possible ultra-light rail projects within the county.
Like most of the Bay Area, Alameda County is plagued with traffic congestion. Traffic along the Hwy 680 and Hwy 580 corridors is frequently gridlocked.

Taking a major step to deal with that gridlock, Alameda County and San Joaquin County have come together to create the Tri Valley – San Joaquin Regional Rail Authority (Valley Link) to focus on a rail connection between the Dublin BART Station and the City of Tracy.

They are currently in the middle of a study to determine the best solution.

At present, Valley Link has focused on Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail systems technology, which has been around since the 1930s and operates on diesel fuel. The system is limited in how many stops can be placed on the line because stops slow the system down.

In comparison ULRT can operate from solar, not diesel, and is not limited in how many stops can be planned for a system. Solar Panels can be installed above the guideway like a canopy which will generate one megawatt of energy per mile, not only powering the system but distributing energy to surrounding communities, resulting in a net gain of energy to the grid.

CyberTran’s ULRT system stations are built off the main line, allowing for more access and destinations and creating On Demand and Direct to Destination service.

Passengers no longer need to transfer between lines to reach their destination and are not slowed down by stops. The system’s components are modular and will be prefab in a factory offsite, which allows for quick installation.

The system is also less costly to build, operate and maintain that currently operating systems like BART.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley has championed the new approach.

Support for the work of CyberTran International Inc has grown significantly in the last few years.

Said CyberTran President Dexter Vizinau, “We’re at a point of inevitability. I expect us to put a shovel in the ground by summer of next year.

“There so much that we can do to relieve traffic congestion in Alameda County. No only can we relieve traffic on the 580 but there’s the need for a second bay crossing at the Dumbarton Bridge.

“There is also the need to mitigate the traffic impacts on Jack London Square should the Oakland A’s chose that site for a new ball park.”

 


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