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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
  • Princeton Study
Summary
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $724,975,143
Number of Stations160
Rail Path Length (mi)80
Number of Vehicles Required4,558
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day120,000
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.09
Average Fare $8.00
Pre-Tax Profit $336,630,923
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees46.4%
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)80
Average trip length (mi.)5
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day120,000
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying160,000
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour24,000
Number of Stations160
Number of Vehicles Required4,558
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance274
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes10.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes10.75
Max trips per JPod per hour5.6
Average Passenger Load1.2
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day600,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $1,928.57
Advertising Revenues per day $12,000.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $724,975,143
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $-
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $724,975,143
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $1.60
Average Fare $8.00
Average daily fare receipts ($) $960,000.00
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $14,499,502.85
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW2,507
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr21,975,485
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr2,805,120
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr4,242,744
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $4,353,502
Fare Receipts/year $350,400,000
Power and Operating Costs $18,853,005
Pre-Tax Profit $336,630,923
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees46.4%