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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
  • Heathrow Airport, Buys a Network
  • Princeton Study
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Bus Replacement 15% Car Replacement
Trips per day 57,802 200,000
Average trip length (mi.) 4.0 11.0
Guideway Length (mi) 60 60
Number of Stations 97 97
Number of Vehicles Required 1264 27652
Cost per vehicle 4500 7500
Maintenance Float @2% & 6% 25 1,565
Deadhead Factor 0.5 2.0
Average Speed 35 35
Max trips per vehicle per hour 7 1.15
Average Passenger Load 1.2 1.1
Peak Hour Percentage 15.0 15.0
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day 48,168 185,185
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day 192,673 2,037,037
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Fare per Vehicle Mile 0.65 0.65
Average Fare $2.60 $7.15
Average daily fare receipts ($) 125,238 1,324,074
Fare days per year 320 320
Capital ($3 / $20 million/mile) $185,686,264 $1,407,389,674
Yearly Finance Cost @ 6% $13,489,905 $102,245,328
Maintenance @ 7% of capital $12,998,039 $98,517,277
Power @.05/kWh - .200kWh/Pass. Mi $739,866 $7,040,000
Fare Receipts/year (320 day year) $40,076,053 $423,703,704
Capital and Operating Costs $27,227,809 $207,802,605
Profit $12,848,244 $215,901,099
costs per year $27,227,809 $207,802,605
fare miles per year 61,655,467 651,851,852
cost per mile 0.4416 0.3188
Example map relative to calculations at the left
  • 30 two mile red lines indicate distances
  • 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)
  • Image from maps.google.com

We are currently planning demonstration installation on South Livermore Avenue just above Pacific Street (blue area circled on map).