Partial illustration of a JPods rail along Sunset. Bike paths would be added below the JPods rails. As the number of cars are reduced, additional areas can be recovered for green space and outdoor patios:
Steps for $200 million JPods Investment in West Hollywood, CA.
Establish a regulatory environment that supports innovation.
Request input from the people of West Hollywood on where a network would be of best value.
Submit specific plans for City approval.
Raise the capital and build the initial network.
Expand the network.
Cut family cost of transportation (right)
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
Moves cargo and trash
Create construction and manufacturing jobs.
Eliminate dependence on imported oil.
Regulatory Environment That Supports Energy Self-Reliance
Federalist #62, James Madison (Federalist Papers were written to support ratification of the US Constitution, 1788):
"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy."
PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR GRANTING RIGHT-OF-WAY ACCESS TO FREE MARKET INNOVATIONS
Returning communication infrastructure to a free market in 1984 resulted in vast innovation, better service at lower costs and millions of jobs;
Privately funded freight railroads average over 400 ton-miles per gallon efficiency;
Establishing performance standards based on economic work accomplished per unit of energy consumed may allow free market solutions that repeat communication infrastructure success in transportation infrastructure;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
Non-exclusive access to City rights-of-way will be granted to transportation systems providers meeting the following free market principles:
(1) Privately funded construction, and
(2) Privately operated without Federal subsidies, and
(3) Exceed 120 passenger-miles per gallon, or equivalent efficiency, and
(4) Exceed safety performance of transportation modes already approved for use.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Regulation of free market innovations shall be based on:
(1) Transportation systems maintaining the safety, insurance, inspection practices consistent with the ASTM and theme park industry, and
(2) Environmental approvals will be granted based on a ratio of energy consumed per passenger-mile of the innovation versus transport modes approved to operate in the rights-of-way, and
(3) All taxes and fees assessed on the transport systems providers, passengers and cargo shall be limited to 5% of gross revenues and paid to the aggregate rights-of-way holders by transportation systems providers.
Illustrations of JPods Networks
Time-Maps in 10 minute increments. Counting walking, ticketing and travel from the Blue Crosshair, Green is 10 min, Yellow is 20 min, Red is 30 min:
Current Traffic versus JPods:
Examples of blending a network into the esthetics of Hull, MA: