Planning and Designing a JPods Network for Hull, MA
Instructions: Following is:
An explanation of JPods automated transportation networks.
Niche transportation solutions for using less oil.
Survey, fill out your opinions.
Results, submit your survey, see the combined results of everyone.
This survey takes about 15 minutes complete.
Objective for building in Hull:
Better, safer, cleaner and faster transportation using 80% less energy per passenger mile.
Performance Measurements by 2012:
Increase yearly disposable income per familiy by $1,000 by 2012 and $2,500 by 2017 by cutting transportation costs.
Decrease congestion by 50%.
Decrease parking congestion by 50%.
Increase tourist revenues by 25%.
Transfer ownership so the local JPods network is about 70% locally owned.
JPods are networks of ultra-light, personal railroads.
Freight trains average over 400 ton-miles per gallon. So why do we move a 220 pound person at 18-34 mpg? Automobiles/trains/buses moving people are less than 1% efficient relative to what is common in moving freight. By eliminating repetitive start-stops and by removing parasitic mass efficiencies can exceed 260 passenger-miles per gallon. Next time you put $40 of gas in your car's tank consider:
Freight trains could have moved your body the same distances for 20 cents.
JPods could chauffeur you, on-demand and anywhere there is a network, the same distance for $5.24.
Most people have ridden in an elevator. By combining computer networks with roller coaster mechanics it is practical to build networks of horizontal elevators to create a Physical-Internet™. People get in a JPods vehicle, look up the web site they need to go to and are physically taken there?
Hull travel time map, from Blue cross, Green in 10 min, Yellow in 20 min and Red in 30 min.
JPods' Concept: Combine niche solutions to provide better service while acheiving savings identified in Performance Measures.
Neighborhood Niche (on streets, less than 3 miles and less than 25 mph):
Neighborhood Vehicles (NV's) are 20 mph, street worthy super golf carts.
Low cost vehicles.
Local cargo delivery by specialty NV pallet carriers.
Repetitive Niche (regularly repeated transport)
Build ultra-light JPods rail networks with on-demand public and private computer controlled vehicles.
Connect neighborhoods, trains and other facilities in Hingham.
Move people and cargo non-stop from origin and destination at about 30 mph.
Use 85% less energy per passenger mile.
JPods stations within easy bicycling and walking access.
Increase tourist access to beaches without parking, drunk driving, congestion and other problems.
Automobile Niche (current value)
There are still purposes for which the automobile is ideal.
Non-repetitive, uncongested, open road transport remains the niche of automobiles.
Watch car commericials, they illustrate what the automobile is designed for.
You already know when it is a joy to drive a car and when it is an unhappy chore.
Public Transportation Niche
Leverage existing train and bus routes by providing on-demand feeder networks to them.
Cross connect existing public transportation networks to improve their value.
Provide on-demand, 24 x 7 support to existing public transport to minimize missed connections and improve service.
Walking and Bicycle Niche
As congestion is reduced, walking and biking will become safer.
Without the constant requirement to retrieve a car, walking becomes an easy and healthy part of daily life. In NYC, where people have easy access to transportation as a service, people walk more and average 7 pound lighter than most other US cities.
Purpose: Engage the people of Hull to determine how you can become self-reliant and change the lifeblood of your economy from oil to ingenuity.
Democracies work because of the wisdom of the many; each of us acting in our own self-interest collectively create better results than experts and kings. There is a wonderful book on this The Wisdom of Crowds. Unfortunately, since mobilizing to fight World War I, we have become incrementally more dependent on experts and our choices for transportation have been incrementally reduced to the automobile. Thousands of miles of railroads have been lost and other alternatives hindered by institutional bias that the automobile is the answer to every transportation need. Hull was once the site of the first electric railroad; it was lost to policies that incrementally added subsidies to road networks and automobiles. There is no big-oil or big-auto conspiracy, just our dependence on experts trying to do the best they can while limiting their thoughts to the opinion of previous experts. After a century, we are left with:
A Potato Famine like monolithic dependence on imported oil.
Personal debt to pay for a car that mandates paying for oil to move a ton to move a person at a cost of about $10,300 per year per family.
Public debt that struggles to fix potholes.
Risks to a stable climate.
Where and when you need to travel should be defined by you, not by a remote expert. The objective of this survey is to:
Create an open discussion about transportation needs and alternatives.
Determine if you would benefit by building a JPods network for Hull, MA.
Determine if that benefit is significant enough for JPods, Inc to invest $100 million to build the network.
Ask you where a network should be built.
Thank you for completing the following survey. If you would like to take a more active roll, please provide contact information at the end of the survey.