The city will study a proposed monorail system that would quietly whisk passengers throughout major business parks.
Irvine qualified for $125 million in state rail bond money set aside under Proposition 116 and is investigating alternatives.
The Irvine Business Center and Irvine Spectrum were mentioned as possible sites to build the tracks during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Tracks that feed John Wayne Airport are another possibility.
Another proposal is for personalized rapid transit trains, which look similar to minivans. The four-passenger cars allow riders to chart an express route. A similar system exists in Chicago.
No commitment has been made to a single system. A city report is expected in October.
If the council does not spend the bond money, the funds will revert to another agency, officials said.