Attainable Economics: Elevated Guideways will be cheaper at $20 million per mile to build, and cheaper to use. A national urban network could serve from 50 to 100 million users per day at $100 p/month. Combing urban and Cross country would someday gross about $2 billion per day. It will be faster, as it operates at 40/60 mph urban and 150 mph cross country and it is more profitable with 70% operating labor saved from being driverless. It will have more services with five revenue streams combined into Stacked Pay Zones within the $20 million estimated cost. These are travel, shipping, fiber optics, smart grid and perhaps water from vapor. These are goals for annual profits within 5 years:
* personal mobility 10% ROI p/y
Growth: America has grown by over 33 million people since 1990. In the next 25 years, it will grow 54 million more. Where are they going to live? They will add huge congestion to our roads and more pollution to the air. There were 273 million vehicles in 2018.Can we accommodate another 50 million vehicles in 25 years. With all the problems of Climate Change our coastal cities may not be able to accommodate their share of this growth. Most of this growth may have to go inland, perhaps into many new communities created for this purpose. Climate Change is going to force cites to adapt and quickly. As for the existing cities, it is a lot easier to put down transport columns every 70 feet in the urban environment than to add another lane of freeway. The transportation systems around which the modern world has been built are on the verge of a significant transformation. Intelligent transportation systems are making driving and transport cheaper, more options and safer for everyone and this typifies the future transport framework. Infrastructure is evolving to accommodate the demand for global investment in the new driverless transport. We are at a tipping point for change in this industry. Some think that autonomous electric vehicles will replace todays gas fueled cars. They probably will for the rich, but most people won’t be able to afford them and we can't afford the congestion more cars will bring to our roads.
In the next 25 years population growth is expected to create the need for expanding highways and airports. “There are 161,000 miles in the National Highway System of which 47,000 are Interstate freeways. We should be replacing 25% or approximately 40,000 miles (averaging 3 lanes) of freeways and highways every 10 years. This is about 750,000 lane miles and at $2 million per mile per lane equals $1.5 Trillion over 10 years. Unfortunately, the United States Budget only provides $115 Billion per year and half of this goes to other uses such as light rail, buses, etc. Experts are warning this deficiency is already several Trillion dollars”.
$1 Trillion for Local Circulation in Cites Today there are 275 cities with populations over 100,000 in America. In 20-years there may be 400. Adding another 50,000 miles of urban Driverless technology both in elevated and ground-based systems is an average of 125 miles per city. As the Driverless technology spreads, cities will spread out more like Los Angeles than New York. Density will be lower, and stations will become the focal points. Someday ground based systems can drive on and off the elevated systems. Until then a transfer will take people to any destination within a mile of the stations using dedicated paths for ground based driverless vehicles. These improvements and circulators are envisioned to be paid for and maintained by local “Improvement Districts” around a mile of each station.
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