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Three forces are combining to force the digitizing of transportation networks:

  1. Traffic congestion. Everyone hates traffic.
  2. Politics of the New Green Deal and political competition in the 2020 election.
  3. Negative cash flow of frackers and the high probability of rising gas prices before the 2020 election.

Following is a summary of the capital flows to implement the digitizing of mobility networks forcused on a specific project at the Atlanta airport.

Capital Flow (link). Recommended reading Nothing Like It in the World on the financing and building of the Transcontinental Railroads.

CapitalFlowTypes

Construct the airport network with Construction Capital throught the Georgia Mobility Company.

  • 12 to 18 month construction cycle
  • Cost between $10-25 million per mile (link).

Operate the airport network by with Asset Capital throught the Atlanta Airport Mobility Company.

  • Purchase at $30 million per mile.
  • Repay Asset Capital be the difference between the $.03 operating cost per mile for JPods and $1.45 for buses (link).

Illustration of JPods stations at ATL Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Stations are also in the adjacent parking lots.

JPods stations at the Georgia International Convention Center, Mariott Gateway, Renaissance, and Spring Hill hotels.

Stations and JPods connections between parking areas, car rental, and the Convention Center (off screen upper right).

Map of the hotels  connect by the network.

JPods3D model of the network.

Route-Time™ illustrates travel times. 

From the Red Cross where you can walk, ride, walk is:

  • Green is 5 minutes
  • Blue is 10 minutes
  • Yellow is 20 minutes

 

Traffic costs the people of Georgia about $25.2 billion each year. Thousands of jobs will be created to convert these costs into value and customer savings:

  • $10.8 billion per year for foreign oil (link).
  • $  9.1 billion per year for accidents (link).
  • $  3.0 billion per year for congestion (link).
  • $  2.3 billion/year, car damage, bad roads (link).

Senator Beach and the Georgia Senate Transportation hearing, March 12, 2019 on solar-powered mobility networks.

TEDx Atlanta, 2011

 

Radically safer and more efficient transportation is very well understood:

  • Freight railroads average 476 ton-miles per gallon (link).
  • The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT or podcar) network in Morgantown has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger-miles since being built as a solution to the 1973 Oil Embargo in 1975. In that same period of zero injuries, 1.7 million Americans died on the government highway monopoly. Highway accidents are not accidents. Who they happen to is random, that they happen is a design feature of the highway network.

In 1910 Thomas Edison noted it was practical to have all the electrical energy we need provided by sunshine:

"Sunshine is spread out thin and so is electricity. Perhaps they are the same, Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy..... Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property.... There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen...."

Senator Brendon Beach invited Madgie Murray and Bill James to present to the Georgia Legislature's Transportation Committee on March 5, 2019. 

 

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