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Payback:

  • Affordable Access
    • Not dependent on gas or gas prices
    • Kids and elderly not restricted by driving competence
    • No waiting, available 24 x 7
    • Focused on quality of the trip
  • Automating Repetitive Travel
    • Kids to school, sports, friends
    • Shoppers to retail centers
    • Commuters to work
    • Reduces highway congestion
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There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Summary
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $73,962,483
Number of Stations18
Rail Path Length (mi)9
Number of Vehicles Required470
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day9,000
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.10
Average Fare $11.20
Pre-Tax Profit $35,013,248
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees47.3%
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)9
Average trip length (mi.)7
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day9,000
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying12,000
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour1,800
Number of Stations18
Number of Vehicles Required470
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance29
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes14.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes14.75
Max trips per JPod per hour4.1
Average Passenger Load1.2
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day63,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $202.50
Advertising Revenues per day $1,260.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $92,453,104
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $18,490,621
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $73,962,483
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $1.60
Average Fare $11.20
Average daily fare receipts ($) $100,800.00
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $1,849,062.08
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW259
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr2,266,011
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr315,576
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr508,428
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $463,502
Fare Receipts/year $36,792,000
Power and Operating Costs $2,312,564
Pre-Tax Profit $35,013,248
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees47.3%
Example map relative to calculations at the left
  • Red lines are Distance Markers not routes
  • Approximately 9 miles of rail
  • Rails would be constructed in similar areas
  • Typical fare would be less than driving and parking
  • Access density will expand providing greater payback and lower costs (Moore's Law applied to intelligent devices)
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