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    California City Looks to Pod Cars for Traffic Relief

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    The city of Mountain View, California is considering moving ahead with plans to propel the development the revolutionary transit alternative, skyTran.

    The city of Mountain View, California is considering moving ahead with plans to propel the development of the revolutionary transit alternative, skyTran.

    skyTran, is a people moving system that involves magnetically levitated two-person pods, much like those featured in futuristic cartoons and films.

    Only, these are for real and have been developed to save humans from the ill effects of commuting, like burning fossil fuels, wasting time, and creating gridlock.

    It’s also said they will keep individuals from ending up in a commute-induced foul mood.

    The developer of the transportation alternative is based in Mountain View and is looking for the city to help them build a “proof-of-concept demonstration project”.

    Doing so would cost 750 thousand dollars, so if they’re going to lend a hand, Mountain View would have to secure a grant from the US Department of Transportation and other area corporations. The actual system will reportedly cost between 7 and 8 million dollars a mile to build.

    For the city to be able to get behind the demonstration project, the council would have to vote in such a move.

    It’s believed that at this time opinions on the matter are split.

    Some feel it’s the best solution for the future of the city, while others aren’t convinced that supporting this private venture over others is in its best interest.