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Problem:  

Oil-dependent transport moves a ton to move a person in congested traffic.

Traffic costs the people of New York $48.9 billion per year

Solution:

Recover $9 billion per year by moving only the person and freight above the roads. Solar-powered transportation is safer, faster, cleaner and affordable. On-demand mobility regardless of age, ability or wealth. Life requires energy. Energy self-reliance. Links to

 

NY LaGuardia 170508 from Bill James on Vimeo.

 

Execution:

  • Physics:  It costs less to move less.
  • Concept:  Computer controlled, ultra-light JPods rail networks move people and cargo on-demand; a Physical-Internet; a circulatory system for an economic community.
  • Legal: Pass the Performance Standard Law of Massachusetts Senate Bill #1837. Build with private capital and exceed 5-times the energy efficiency of highways.
  • Market Niche:  On-demand mobility for highly repetitive, commuter-range transport of cargo and people.
  • Safety:  > 2,000 times safer than cars.
  • Emissions:  Zero.
  • Congestion:  Zero.
  • Efficiency:  200 watt-hour per mile. Mobility savings are amplified by the 6x Net Energy of solar over oil. 
  • Power:  Solar collectors gather 25,000 vehicle-miles of power per mile of rail per day.  Distributed transportation grid harvests distributed natural power.

Capacity:

 

Relative Seat Capacity per Hour (not all seats are filled):
  Seats per Vehicle Headway Seats per Hour
Bus  0-50, 50 used 5 mins 600
Light Rail 0-200, 200 used 10 mins 1200
Automobiles 1-6, 4 used 1-6 secs 4800
JPods 1-6, 4 used 3 secs 4800
JPods 1-6, 4 used 1 secs 14400
JPods 1-6, 4 used .5 secs 28800
JPods 1-6, 4 used .25 secs 57600
.25 second headway gives each vehicle 3.91 meters of space.
 

 

Travel Times

Route-Time Software simulates networks and calculates walk-ride-walk times as colored circles around stations:

  • From the Red Cross,
  • 5 minutes are Green Circles.
  • 10 minutes are Blue Circles
  • 20 minutes are Yellow Circles
  • 30 minutes are Red Circles

 

Station Configuation

  Many small stations distributed at the Airport, hotels, car parking, etc... support networking the LaGuardia economic community.

 

Networks are privately funded based on their capacity to convert 90% of current urban mobility costs into value.

 

Who dies in a car accident is random. That people die in car crashes is a management decision to allocate resources based on engineering options. By restricting networks to highways and mass transit, the Governing have decided that about 33,000 Americans should die each year. Morgantown's PRT network has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger-miles since being built as a solution to the 1973 Oil Embargo. In that injury-free period, decisions to mandate highways cost the lives of 1.7 million Americans.

Approximately $28 billion was invested in mobility startups in 2017, mostly in Ride Services. These Ride Service have improved customer service by providing better service than the subways and buses but increased NYC congestion by 3-4%.

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