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It Costs Less to Move Less

What does it cost to build JPods networks. Our target cost to build is about $10 million per mile for typical miles. A rough summary of the component costs are:

Truss 5,280   feet/mile     1,000 Meters  
  550   cost/foot     1,804 cost/meter  
        $2,904,000       $1,804,462
Stations 3   per mile     2 per km  
  60,000   elevator     60,000 elevator  
  300,000   station     300,000 station  
        $1,080,000       $671,081
Vehicles 55   per mile     34 per km  
  15,000   cost/vehicle     15,000 cost/vehicle  
        $825,000       $510,000
Piers 55   per mile     34 per km  
  15,000   cost each     15,000 cost each  
        $825,000       $510,000
Solar 4   meters wide     4 meters wide  
  1,600   meters/mile     1,000 meters/km  
  100   watts/m^2     100 watts/m^2  
  3   $/watt     3 $/ watt  
        $1,920,000       $1,200,000
Networks       $500,000       $310,686
Geotech       $100,000       $62,137
Other       $1,000,000       $621,371
        $9,829,000       $5,689,737

Working Family Costs

In cities with less than 5% public transportation, a typical working family ($20-50,000 income per year) spends $10,300 on transportation. In cities averaging 12% public transportation that cost drops to $9,300; fewer car payments, insurance, gas and parking results in an extra $1,000 per year of disposable income.










It is practical to privately finance a 20% displacement of oil-based transportation in the next three to six years, increasing a working family's disposable income by $2,000.

In 10-12 years, it is possible to cut transportation cost by $5,000 by displacing 70% of oil-based transport; about a $5,000 increase in disposable income.

Construction, manufacturing and operations jobs will be created.

Driving Parasitic Mass, the mass we pay to move that is not cargo or passengers, towards zero results in dramatic cost reductions.

Capital Costs

Driving Parasitic Mass towards zero decreases the mass, cost and complexity of the capital infrastructure.

Ultra-light infrastructure can be deployed more quickly and with less ecological and economic impact on the community.








Operational Costs

Energy use is affected by many factors. The very consistent rolling nature of rails greatly decreases the cost to keep railed vehicles rolling.










Maintenance Costs

Maintenance increases as a 4th power of axle weight. No graph is provided because the numbers become unreadable relative to the trucks.

JPods and CargoPods stream resource to need on-demand. The ability to move pallets without moving trucks will be a major benefit in dense urban areas. Just-in-time practices can be applied the logistical needs of a city.


  Vehicle, Parasitic Mass Cargo Mass Total Axles Maintenance Wear Factor
JPods 350 200 550 2 1
Car 2,000 200 2,200 2 256
CargoPods 500 1,200 1,700 2 91
Pickup 3,200 1,350 4,550 2 4,684
Freight Truck 40,000 40,000 80,000 9 1,091,590

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