Traffic costs the people of Texas about $107.5 billion/year:
- $72.8 billion/year for foreign oil (link).
- $26.1 billion/year for accidents (link). In 2021: 4,480 deaths, suspected 101,900 known injuries.
- $8.6 billion/year for congestion (link).
70% of these traffic costs are urban. These excessive costs come from the defect of burning energy moving two tons to move a person in start-stop traffic. This innovative Uber video illustrates the flaws in moving people in cities in 2-ton boxes:
In contrast, JPods networks combine safer and more efficient transportation technologies:
- Freight railroads average 476 ton-miles per gallon (link).
- The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT or podcar) network in Morgantown has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger miles since opening in 1972. It has had five minor injuries. US roads have 2.4 million serious injuries per year.
- Texas regulation of thrill rides (grade-separated networks just as JPods are) has an injury rate of 0.9 per million. Roads have an injury rate of 11,200 per million.
For each $1 billion spent building infrastructure, the Federal government estimates 13,000 job-years will be created. JPods networks that cut traffic costs by 10X. As JPods combines the efficiency of freight railroads with the safety of theme parks, $billion in cost will pay for jobs instead of traffic jams.
JPods networks will accomplish what Thomas Edison noted was practical in 1910:
"Sunshine is spread out thin and so is electricity. Perhaps they are the same, Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy..... Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property.... There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen...."