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There are immediate market niches where JPods can create profits by saving people time and money. Morgantown is a great example that can be down-sized to make more distributable and inexpensive. Below the following videos are network examples with specific paybacks listed. In general, the cost to finanance, build, operate, maintain and power these networks is about 1/10th that of oil based transportation.


Alameda County, CA

Building networks from Oakland to Fremont in California

Albuquerque, NM

Airport to local hotels, 1 mile

Anchorage, AK

Airport to downtown hotels, 1 mile

Atlantic City, NJ

Turning a city into a theme park.

Boston, MA

Boston North and South Stations, 1.4 mile

Chicago, IL

Chicago can be networked with a dramatic cut in transportation costs. The industrial base on the western shore of Lake Michigan is very important to quickly expanding production capacity.

CGV, Cincinatti, OH

Airport with two major physical barriers, the Ohio River and large river bluffs. Transport between downtown and the airport is often 30 minutes to an hour for an "as the crow flies" distance of about 9 miles.

Chairman Oberstar indicates the scale.

Novelty Network will provide good paybacks from their theme park nature.

Crystal City / Potomac Yard

High density urban area with incredible mass transit. Yet congestion is still a major problem. Parking is expensive and difficult.

The community has the political capacity to lead a major re-tooling of sustainable infrastructure.


De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

This is a 260 meter Horizontal-Elevator connecting a bus stop to the campus across a very busy parking lot. These type networks can be deployed between buildings such as in a hospital complex.

Edina, MN

Center of a large and commercially powerful beltway. Yet access within the area and to the City of Minneapolis is congested 3-8 hours per day. This is 6 miles from a major airport. It is a significant regional retail location and 6 miles from the Mall of America (a significant international retail location).

Fayetteville, GA

Fayetteville, GA

Fremont, CA

Fremont, CA Warm Springs School.

Ft Lee, NJ

Fort Lee, NJ is just to the west side of the George Washington Bridge.

Greenville, SC

Solving congestion improves community.

Guatemala

Leading Spanish speaking countries.

Haiti

Haiti, an application of Rescue-Rail and solar-powered mobility in a humanitarian effort.

Hawaii

Hawaii provides an unique opportunity to integrate sustainable infrastructure into a model that can be replicated across the Pacific.

Hingham & Hull, MA

Hull, MA has a long history of transportation innovation. It was to home to the first electrically powered railroad.

Huntsville, AL

High density urban area with incredible mass transit. Yet congestion is still a major problem. Parking is expensive and difficult.

The community has the political capacity to lead a major re-tooling of sustainable infrastructure.


I-35W Minneapolis, IN

Rescue-Rail deployment to solve bridge collapse congestion.
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Kunming, China

First city to adopt the transition to solar-powered mobility.

Las Vegas, NV

Example networks in Las Vegas, NV area.

Lauderhill, FL

Example networks in the Lauderhill, FL area.

LAX, Los Angeles, CA

Networking the airport economic community.

Lilburn, GA

Meeting both economic development and congestion goals.

Lilly, Indianapolis, IN

Private network between major industrial campuses of a single corporation.

Macon, GA

Example network for Macon, GA starting with 2nd Street Project.

Malibu, CA

Solving congestion improves beach community.

Minneapolis, MN

Letter and background on our first interest from Congress to remove the barriers to transportation central planning barriers.

Viking Stadium Minneapolis, MN

Similar to the Meadowlands, linking stadiums to the Convention Center will add more value to both installations.

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has experienced a larger than expected ridership on its LRT line (25,000+) riders per day. JPods can run rails radially and laterally in about 8 directions to give access to similar numbers of riders.

MSP, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

Network the economic community around the airport in stages. This will include the Mall of America, hotels on the 494 Corridor, park and rides, redevelopment in the noise abatement area of Richfield and other business, commercial and educational interests as far west as Eden Prairie.

Security will be enhanced as congestion and traffic are diminished around the airport.


Nashville

Progression of networks for the Opry, airport and downtown areas.

New Orleans

Network at New Oleans' Airport. This is a 4 mile network to link parking, car rental, nearby hotels and freight management companies

New York

Network at La Guardia Airport. This starts as a 2.2 mile connection between the trains and airport. Then expands to 5 miles to connect Jamaica Station.

Oakland, CA

Networks for the City of Oakland

Ontario, CA

Networks for the City of Ontario

Ottawa

Major metro area and the capital of Canada. Wonderfully beautiful city with significant population densities arrayed across a 'green belt' of natural and agricultural land. Currently spending a $billion on Light Rail for 31 km. Great comparision that they could resolve many congestion problems and have 200 km of JPods for about the same capital costs. JPods would add to the cities revenue. Light Rail will require operational subsidies.

Peachtree City, GA

Neighborhood vehicles already in use.

Sacramento, CA

Example of a 12 by 22 mile network and connection to the airport applied to the City of Sacramento. Colors note 10, 20 and 30 minutes from blue crosshair.

Sandy Springs, GA

Proposal connecting the Sandy Springs Marta Station to Cox Enterprises to Dunwoody Marta Station.

San Jose, CA

Significant International airport disconnected from regional rail capacity. Parking and other access constrained by the high cost and limited real estate.

The community has the capital assets, technical and intellectual capacity to lead a major re-tooling of sustainable infrastructure.


San Mateo County, CA

Example networks for Daley City, Redwood City and other aspects of San Mateo County

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cluz has requested proposals to build a network in the city. The proposal is included in this link.

Saudi Arabia, Medina

Proposal for reducing bus traffic and congestion along King Fahd Road.

Seattle, WA

Example of a major metro area that wants to be "green" but still pours vast amounts of capital dollars into promoting oil dependency.

May break from the "oil addiction' and seriously engage in sustainable infrastructure.

The community has the capital assets, technical and intellectual capacity to lead a major re-tooling of sustainable infrastructure.


Secaucus, NJ

American Dream to Secaucus Station to Manhattan.

Shakopee Souix Community

Forward thinking Souix leaders are moving their entire community into oil independence with energy use and energy production capabilities.

Putting a network in the Mystic Lake complex benefits by being independent of the adminstrative road blocks to innovation.


St Paul, MN

St Paul, MN will be hosting the Republican National Convention in 2008. It has little sustainable infrastructure and significant need to lead the way in demostrating the ability to end the "oil addiction".

Virginia Washington Metro

Northern Virginia, Washington DC Metro connections to Mark Center and Fort Belvior

West Hollywood, CA

Turning a city into a theme park and tourist attraction.

West Point, NY

Examples of cadet Systems Engineering Projects of JPods for West Point.

There is a carrot and stick for building solar-powered transportation networks.

  • Carrot: About 85 cents of every dollar spent on oil can be recovered by re-tooling transportation networks as jobs, infrastructure and profits.
  • Stick: We much either reduce energy required per passenger-mile by 80% or nature (Peak Oil and Global Warming) will forcably reduce the number of passengers by 80%

The timeline looks like 2012. The Olduvai Gorge malthusian collapse assumes an oil-powered economy. We need to transition to a solar-powered transition fast enough to push the 2012 tipping point further into the future. This will be hard but doable. By 3 efforts:

  • Victory Gardens; self-reliance begins with the self. Food security is a fundamental personal responsibility.
  • Feed-in Tariffs (FIT); allow small businesses to generate and distribute electricity.
  • Performance Standards; grant access to transportation rights of way based on exceed a Performance Standard of 300 watt-hours per passenger-mile (114 miles per gallon). Following is a table showing a guess that we need about 1.4 millon miles of sustainable transportation networks to displace about 70% of oil-powered transport and secure the food distribution system and get people to and from work in this era of post Peak Oil.

URBAN Miles of Road% convertedMiles of PRT
Interstate 13,491600%80,946
Other Freeways and Expressways 9,175200%18,350
Other Principal Arterial (115-130ft) 53,447200%106,894
Minor Arterial (80-106 ft) 89,911200%179,822
Collector (60-90 ft) 88,604120%106,325
Local Road (little thru traffic) 598,514100%598,514
URBAN SUBTOTAL 853,1421,090,851
RURAL
Interstate 33,067200%66,134
Other Principal Arterial 98,952100%98,952
Minor Arterial (80-106 ft) 137,75150%68,876
Major Collector (60-90 ft) 433,75410%43,375
Minor Collector (limited thru traffic) 272,36000
Local Road (no thru trafffic) 2,102,97700
RURAL SUBTOTAL 3,078,8709%277,337
TOTAL miles 3,932,01235%1,368,188

Energy and transportation problems are so overwhelming the tendency is to look for a single quick fix. There are none and we are out of time. Severe consequences are by the most optomistic estimates 26 years away. It will take 50 years to re-tool our economies. At JPods we wake up every morning wondering if we can invent something today or rally more people to act in advance to shave a little off being at least 24 years behind unavoidable consequences.

The good news we can, by working together, driving everyday, implement a process that will forge a bright future from our current state.

The significant problems we face. cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.     Albert Einstein

In the very near future there will be much fewer resources than needs. For communities that aid in early action, we pledge 3 things:

  1. Deployment will be executed on a first come, first served basis. Communities that grant right of way first will be the first served. Installations that are economically viable, JPods will assist in funding the network. Example networks are listed below.
  2. JPods will work with any community to educate your children on sustainable infrastructure.
  3. JPods needs and will place factories and create jobs in communities that act in advance of consequences.
  4. JPods welcomes competitors and will actively support industry organizations that promote sustainable infrastructure. The task at hand will far exceeds all known capacities.

If your community or you personally would like to help to implement sustainable infrastructure, please contact us immediately, bill.james@jpods.com.

Please consider when looking at the very high rate of return on investment of JPods networks that the standard against which we compete has been stagnant, mired in regulation for 60 years. Implementing in specific niches, creating new revenue sources for cities, followed by changes forced by Global Warming and Peak Oil will shatter those obstacles.

There is no obstacle to deploying 10-20 miles of JPods networks per day per installation team. This also may seem incredible but remember on April 28, 1869 a crew from the Central Pacific layed 10 miles of heavy rail between sunrise and sunset. The long installation time of current infrastructure is a decision, not a requirement.