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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
  • Example map relative to calculations at the lower right
    • Red lines are Distance Markers not routes
    • Approximately 140 miles of rail
    • 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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  • Example Systems from the 1973 Oil Embargo:
  • Based on riders per day, the elevator is the most successful form of public transportation. These studies and videos illustrate how Horzontal-Elevators can network and provide access between building just as elevators provide access within a building.
Green access within 25 minutes, Yellow 35 minutes, Red 45 minutes
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $1,222,300,532
Number of Stations420
Rail Path Length (mi)140
Number of Vehicles Required13,915
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day300,000
Operating Cost per Paying Mile (not including initial system cost) $0.08
Average Fare $4.35
Pre-Tax Profit $451,134,002
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees36.9%
Annual License, maintenance and support costs106,951,297
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)140
Average trip length (mi.)5
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day300,000
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying400,000
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour60,000
Number of Stations420
Number of Vehicles Required13,915
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance835
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes10.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes10.75
Max trips per JPod per hour5.6
Average Passenger Load1.3
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day1,500,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $19,852.94
Advertising Revenues per day $30,000.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $1,527,875,665
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $305,575,133
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $1,222,300,532
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $0.87
Average Fare $4.35
Average daily fare receipts ($) $1,305,000
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $30,557,513
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW7,653
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr67,088,390
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr7,363,440
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr11,080,224
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $12,829,808
Fare Receipts/year $476,325,000
Power and Operating Costs $43,387,321
Pre-Tax Profit $451,134,002
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees36.9%