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Mass Transit - A Circulatory System for the Economy

Creator of this video is unknown. It is a good illustration of why circulatory systems in nature use small packets instead of larger blood cells. Small packets stream resources to need with greater capacity that larger batches.

Characteristics of trains and JPods connections:

  • By the time the train unloads, nearly 1/3rd of passengers have left the station via a JPods vehicle.
  • Before the next train arrives, 2 minutes later, all passengers of left the station.
  • When you are waiting to catch a train, do you sometimes wait more than 2 minutes?
  • Parallel loading stations (versus in-line illustrated in video) and additional loading berths would further reduce exit times.


Major differences between JPods networks and mass transportation are:

  • JPods networks provide inexpensively feeder networks to existing mass transit facilities.
  • JPods networks do not require you to know which platform, color train or direction required. You get in a vehicle, look up the web site of where you wish to go, and the network takes you there.
  • JPods vehicles travel overhead. You cannot get hit by a moving JPods vehicle.
  • JPods vehicles use about 85% less energy per passenger mile.
    Transport type: Energy   Units
    JPods vehicles: 127   Watt-Hours per passenger mile (WHppm).
    Trains: 900   Watt-Hours per passenger mile (WHppm).
    Cars: 1,033   Watt-Hours per passenger mile (WHppm).
    Buses: 1,246   Watt-Hours per passenger mile (WHppm).
    Freight trains: 10*   Watt-Hours per passenger mile (WHppm).
      *CSX commercials note that freight trains "move a ton 423 miles on one gallon of fuel". This is because, like JPods vehicles, freight trains do not repetitively stop and start, they carry a lot of mass relative to the mass of the train. Cars, buses and passenger trains typically move more than a ton of vehicle per passenger, stopping and starting many times.
  • JPods vehicles operate on your schedule.
  • JPods networks operate 24 x 7.
  • JPods networks and automobiles have about 4 to 12 times the capacity per rail/lane as trains. As a way to see this take an hour and count the number of people passing:
    • on a railroad track in trains.
    • in one lane of a freeway.
  • JPods networks apply Six Sigma concepts, focusing on the quality of the trip. Buses and trains illustrate that you cannot manage quality in a batch.
  • JPods networks do not provide the terrorist or disease risks of massively accumulating people in a confined space.

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