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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
Green access within 15 minutes, Yellow 25 minutes, Red 35 minutes
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Summary
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $105,791,097
Number of Stations30
Rail Path Length (mi)15
Number of Vehicles Required676
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day15,000
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.10
Average Fare $9.60
Pre-Tax Profit $49,986,437
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees47.3%
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)15
Average trip length (mi.)6
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day15,000
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying20,000
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour3,000
Number of Stations30
Number of Vehicles Required676
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance41
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes12.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes12.75
Max trips per JPod per hour4.7
Average Passenger Load1.2
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day90,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $289.29
Advertising Revenues per day $1,800.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $132,238,871
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $26,447,774
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $105,791,097
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $1.60
Average Fare $9.60
Average daily fare receipts ($) $144,000.00
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $2,644,777.42
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW372
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr3,259,199
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr525,960
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr824,004
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $691,374
Fare Receipts/year $52,560,000
Power and Operating Costs $3,336,152
Pre-Tax Profit $49,986,437
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 15 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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