PRT Case Study at the Village West Development in Kansas City, Kansas

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by Stanley E. Young, Research Engineer; University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology, 5000 College Avenue, Bldg 806 3103 College Park, MD 20742,,
Peter Muller, President; PRT Consulting, 1340 Deerpath Trail, Suite 200, Franktown, CO 80116,,
Moni El-Aasar, Principal; BG Consultants, 4806 Vue De Lac Place, Manhattan, KS 66503,,
Dean Landman, Principal; LTR, P.A., Transportation Research & Planning,,
Steven Schrock, Assistant Professor; The University of Kansas CEAE Department, 2159B Learned Hall 1530 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7609,,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers 2009: Connecting People, Connecting Places, Connecting Modes

Abstract: In June of 2008 a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) application study commenced at a popular development on the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The purpose of the project is to investigate the potential of PRT to solve transportation and mobility issues in a popular commercial development that encompasses retail and entertainment commonly known as the Village West development. In addition to retail, restaurants, and entertainment, the Village West area borders on a major NASCAR race track, and a former greyhound racing facility available for redevelopment. Village West also contains a minor league ball park, and a regional medical facility is located immediately to the east. Planned additional development includes a casino and water resort. As with most modern development, the dominant uses of land are parking lots and access roads to serve the attractions. This study investigates the ability of a PRT system to improve the inter-accessibility of the existing and planned facilities, to serve as a feeder to any existing and planned transit systems, and to reduce the quantity of land dedicated to roads and parking lots, freeing up land for additional development.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Public transportation | Urban areas | Land use | Parking facilities | Health care facilities | Highways and roads | Existing buildings | Rapid transit systems | Kansas City | North America | Kansas | United States

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