CyberTran International has developed a new form of mass transit: UltraLight Rail Transit (ULRT), that allows for on-demand, non-stop rapid transit. Instead of using large trains, CyperTran utilizes 10 - 20 passenger autonomous, automated rail vehicles. Electricity can be provided by solar panels above the tracks. The system works much like an elevator: upon arriving at the station, passengers call up a Tran and select their final destination; the Tran arrives at the station and takes passengers directly to their destinations by passing inter mediate stations, which are off the main line. CyberTran has the potential to serve commuters at short range (within cities at 30 mph or less), mid range (suburb commuters at 60 - 70 mpg), and long-range (LA to Las Vegas at 150 mph). CyberTran lines will be interconnected into regional and national networks.
In the past many mass transit systems have depended on large, heavy electric or diesel powered trains that operate inflexibly and inefficiently. CyberTran systems replace inefficient large trains with small and ultra light Trans that operate only when needed. CyberTran systems are very efficient and electric, reducing energy consumption, and are convenient and flexible enough to displace automobile trips. Passenger transportation is a major consumer of energy. High efficiency and high convenience are the answer to providing electric alternatives to todays automobile-dominated personal transport system.
Individuals - CyberTran will provide individuals with a convenient, reliable, safe, clean, inexpensive and appealing mass transit option. Individuals will spend less time traveling, and therefore have more time for other activities. Society - CyberTran systems can add stops without slowing commute times or increasing fares. The system is automated so the operating costs are low. Overall, CyberTran aims to make public transportation mainstream and inexpensive.Economy - CyberTran estimates that their systems can be installed for $10-20 million per system mile - 10 to 50% of the cost of traditional systems. Operating revenue can exceed expenses, eliminating subsidies. The cost savings will either decrease taxes or allow governments to use the funds elsewhere. In addition, cities with effective transportation systems are appealing to businesses and individuals, resulting in economic growth. Environment - As ridership increases, electric Trans will replace gas powered cars and air pollution will decrease, especially if electricity is generated renewable sources. CyberTran also improves the economics of transit-oriented development, so new settlements can be designed around transit the start, reducing dependence on individual vehicles and fossil fuels for human transportation. In addition, the material efficiency over vehicle lifetime (measured as passenger miles per vehicle weight) with a CyberTran vehicle is approximately 43 times better in comparison to a personal automobile. This equates to reduced production and disposal of raw and component materials for vehicles.
The project will result in an inexpensive, elegant, and clean energy system for public transportation that will improve many people's transportation experience. The satisfied passengers will likely accept clean energy as a viable alternative to the gas-guzzling automobile and become supporters of clean energy. Some politicians will find the cost of the clean energy system attractive, and stand behind the clean energy option for the cost savings.
Individual - Entire regional populations would be affected, both financially and behaviorally, by the CyberTran system: taxes will be lower because the system costs much less than a traditional rail transit system to build, subsidies are reduced or eliminated, and passengers will spend less time traveling, savings billons of dollars in lost productivity annually. Society - Change is both difficult and necessary. CyberTran systems are a stepping stone for change. The CyberTran system is similar to traditional train-on-rails systems that people are accustomed to, but CyberTran has added just enough innovation to vastly improve the system without scaring people with too much change. Even if this is a small step, it is a step towards popular acceptance of a cleaner future. Economy - The program proves that clean energy systems are feasible at low costs, and low costs are always attractive to clients. If the system is successful in one city other clients (cities, towns) will be willing to encourage inexpensive clean energy transportation solutions. Environment - CyberTran is in a position to prove to the mainstream population that environmental technologies should not be pushed to the fringe of society, used only by the most extreme energy conservationist, but rather that emerging technologies can be superior to existing technologies in cost-effectiveness, function, and environmental impact.
Ecological - Because CyberTran uses electricity to power the vehicles and only runs the vehicle when necessary, the transportation system will create minimal greenhouse gas emissions, a 98% reduction per passenger mile compared to automobiles, thereby combatting climate change and protecting our existing ecosystems. The benefits are even greater when renewable energy sources are used.Social - Communities will have state-of-the-art mass public transportation, which is advantageous because it gives individuals more time and less stress. Studies have also shown that transit encourages personal exercise, reducing obesity.Economical - CyberTran systems are inexpensive and easy to install and can be operated without subsidies, so they are not economically burdensome to individuals or the community. The encouragement of a growing network of stations through the increasing marginal utility of additional off-line stations produces a shift in travel modes to a system that has a diversified base of energy sources, potentially renewable, thus decreasing dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Investing in mass transportation requires a significant expenditure, and if CyberTran is seriously considered for a transportation option, they will receive publicity and many people will acknowledge their ideas for clean energy transportation. The use of solar panels for power (~ 1 megawatt/mile) along the guideway will require a major increase in solar panel production, reducing the cost of solar panels for other applications.