A PROTOTYPE of S.M.A.R.T. Transport

Switchable: offline to local loops and to docking stations means delivery to more destinations
Modular: Built off site in 50 foot elevated sections and carries a mix of different vehicles
Automated: start up, speed,  reporting, merging, switching, docking , loading and stopping
Robotic: doors, loading, locking, lighting, propulsion, HVAC, security and communications
Telematic: Interactive media in every seat that informs about the stations on the route and links to Internet

The Denver Tech Center and Greenwood Village serve as a 5 mile local loop model over a background of 50 million square feet of commercial uses and office space supporting  a daily population of 75,000 people. This area is currently  served with local circulator bus system, now free, provided by  a group called the Southeast Transportation Authority: (SETA)

The following matrix  illustrates the component pieces of our automated GUIDEWAY configuration.. It can be built first in a low speed local loop configuration  from   $7.5 million per single lane mile and later as a high speed line-haul configuration that we believe can be built for about $10 million per double lane mile. These conceptual illustrations  show how our concepts would look and operate. They have not been engineered yet, and may change with new information. When the prototype engineering is available, it will be considered trade secrets and will not be available to the public on the Internet. The Initial Research Agenda will focus on combining beams with controls, switching and propulsion. The concepts we are proposing, uses "interoperability" meaning it can transfer from a line haul to a local loop for that critical last mile delivery that brings convenience to the Ridership. In fact the nature of the guideway may evolve over the years and still maintain this flexibility with new designs so long as there remains the critical topology shown in this graphic:

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Using this simple rubber tire concept to control the vehicle, the guideway can take many  forms which include space frame see thru, solid, flat plate or dual beams as we show below. It could even be on the ground like a curb and gutter pan (shown above) where feasible. It's propulsion power could come from the guideway as we propose or it could be battery or fuel cell propulsion. The automation controls would need to be standard. The icons below describe the components to this system. 
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CLICK ON EACH ICON TO VIEW INTERACTIVE IMAGES OF ITS FEATURES. These are animations that require approximately ten minutes to download at 56Kbps or only seconds with a high bandwidth connection.



VIEW FROM  GROUND AS MOST PEOPLE WILL SEE IT This concept illustrates the least visual intrusion from the smallest mass up in the air and the openness between the beams offers a very small area for snow and ice to accumulate.  Smallest mass means least cost - estimated at one half of light rail.

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This is where automation can make a big difference by carrying higher ridership(15 seats)  much further distance more than local loops. Once it is built, the majority of the farebox revenue  can go to the bottom line because of automation. The following animations show how such a system can be automated. These designs are to illustrate concepts and are not yet engineered.


What is needed is an elevated GUIDEWAY that provides most of the functionality rather than being provided by the vehicle. Our GUIDEWAY will combine all these functions

1. Elevated for non stop 2. The Automation Controls 
3. The drive propulsion  4. Wheel guidance that firmly controls the vehicle 5. Passive switching

Automation requires a dedicated, exclusive, elevated Guideway. Any system at grade, will get caught up in the same traffic congestion it is trying to solve