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Build a Solar Mobility Network in your City

Those who can document their efforts to get the Performance Standard Law adopted in their community can earn equity in the Local Mobility Company that owns the network in their community.

JPods' business model is to build networks and sell them to Local Mobility Companies (LMC) to own and operate. We guess there will be an LMC for every 100,000 people in major cities and one for most smaller towns. 

Our guess at the need in the US is 500,000 miles in the next 15 years. This is based on:

  • 4 times the amount of freight railroads. There are 140,000 miles of freight railroads in the US. These average 476 ton-miles per gallon and willl be the logistical arteries in the next oil supply crisis. Our guess is about 4 times this much JPods and other podcar networks will be required to be the logistical capilaries. 
  • 1/4th the lane-miles of urban roads. There are nearly 2 million lane-miles of urban roads in the US the energy to power is becoming ever less affordable to people. Our guess is that bicycles, walking, and other lifestyle choices are 75% of the solution for moving people. Moving logistics in a city will still require payloads beyond the capacity of bicyles of 1200 pounds.

 

 

 

Background documents

As new technologies have been made viable, the State has benefited from being an early adopter....  

It is in the State's economic interest to investigate new types of service which may improve the usefulness and integration of existing platforms, provide fast, inexpensive travel options, reduce capital costs of projects, and reduce pollution from motor vehicle travel. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT).... 

According to the Federal Transit Administration, average capital cost per twoway mile for heavy rail is $150 million, and for light rail is $70 million. For operating cost per passenger mile: heavy rail is $1.20, light rail is $1.80....

The transportation system of New Jersey may benefit greatly from fostering a niche role for profitably managed rapid transit as a supplement to its current system. It is in the State's interest to consider the integration of PRT into its transportation system

NJDOT is equal clear in it disregard for both NJ 2004-A2031 and Secaucus Ordinance 2014-23 as stated on Dec 18, 2014:

Dick Dube provided me with your latest e-mail marketing your JPOD Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. The NJDOT has reviewed PRT systems in the past and concluded that there is currently no practical application for these types of systems on either State or Interstate highways.

Joseph D. Bertoni
Deputy Commissioner

Economic Development documents

Help design the networks by:

In 2007 the New Jersey Department of Transportation commisioned a study titled "Viability of Personal Rapid Transit In New Jersey". The study concluded SDL365 has the potential to provide a higher level of personal mobility than comparable transit modes at a potentially reduced capital and operating cost. It also holds the promise of being potentially more energy efficient, less land consumptive and more environmentally responsible while improving the overall service, speed and attractiveness of public transportation. The study also identified the need for sustained political support to allow for the development and placement of such a unique mode of transportation.

The first phase of building a JPods network in Secaucus will consist of erecting a small section of guideway, about 100 ft long. This length of track will be used to refine mechanical aspects of a full size network.

 

 

 

The second phase of building the JPods network will consist of building a larger section of guideway, about 300 yards. The section of guideway will be built to commercial use standards.

It will be above grade and will cross over an automobile right-of-way. The guideway will be covered with a solar canopy, capble of providing clean energy to the system. The main purpose of this section of track will be to prove out the cost per mile of laying down guideway. The section of guideway will also be used to showcase the technology to other cities.

The third phase will consist of extending the 1/4 mile guideway to 3 miles, connecting the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction to the Meadowlands sports Complex. Along the way, there will be many stations, essentially making most point-to-point transits within the town less than 15 minutes. This inlcudes walking to and from the stations. We have created an interactive map, where you can help the city determine the locations of future stations.

As Automated Guideway travel becomes ubiquitous with Secaucus NJ, it will become the hub for an expanded network reaching out to other parts of New Jersey and New York. The video below shows how JPods might be used to cross the George Washington Bridge.

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