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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
  • Example map relative to calculations at the lower right
    • Red lines are Distance Markers not routes
    • Approximately 140 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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  • Heathrow Airport, Buys a Network
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System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)1.5
Average trip length (mi.)1.2
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day 6,500
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying0.333333333
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying 8,667
Peak Hour Percentage0.15
Max trips per hour1300
Number of Stations5
Number of Vehicles Required73
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %0.06
Vehicles out for Maintenance5
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes2.4
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes3.15
Max trips per JPod per hour19.04761905
Average Passenger Load1.2
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day 7,800
Carbon Incentives, per day $25.07
Advertising Revenues per day156
Capital Costs0
Initial System Cost $18,318,160
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $3,663,632
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $14,654,528
Revenue Calculations0
Fare per Vehicle Mile1.6
Average Fare1.92
Average daily fare receipts ($) $12,480
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital0.02
Annual Operation & Maintenance $366,363
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)0.25
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW 40
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr 351,955
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr 87,660
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr 166,554
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $90,925
Fare Receipts/year $4,555,200
Power and Operating Costs $457,289
Pre-Tax Profit $4,164,003
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees28%
Summary
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $14,654,528
Number of Stations5
Rail Path Length (mi)1.5
Number of Vehicles Required73
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats) 9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day 6,500
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.16
Average Fare1.92
Pre-Tax Profit 4,164,003
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees28%