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  • 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
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  • Studies on Systems
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $9,247,201
Number of Stations2
Rail Path Length (mi)1
Number of Vehicles Required10
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day1,000
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.58
Average Fare $1.60
Pre-Tax Profit $381,889
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees4.1%
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)1
Average trip length (mi.)1
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day1,000
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying1,333
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour200
Number of Stations2
Number of Vehicles Required10
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance1
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes2.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes2.75
Max trips per JPod per hour21.8
Average Passenger Load1.2
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day1,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $3.21
Advertising Revenues per day $20.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $9,247,201
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $-
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $9,247,201
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $1.60
Average Fare $1.60
Average daily fare receipts ($) $1,600.00
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $184,944.01
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW6
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr48,213
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr35,064
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr87,660
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $25,641
Fare Receipts/year $584,000
Power and Operating Costs $210,585
Pre-Tax Profit $381,889
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees4.1%
Example map relative to calculations at the left
  • 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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