Innovation for Transportation Systems: Snapshots of High Quality Mobility Services for 21st Century Realities
• Addresses the problem o depleting petroleum uels and depletion o carbon sinks. The need to incorporatethe costs o depleting resources. Price depleting resources in a way that covers the costs o setting up the new system. We need road-usage charging rather than uel surcharges. I we don’t have the gasoline, or i we havean all-electric feet, then who will pay or the roads?• IPCC reports are conservative and outdated by the time they come out. It’s getting worse aster. Melting o the Antarctic and increase in sea level o 30 eet. Because o the Asian brown cloud, higher altitudes are moreaected than lower ones. I the rivers o the Himalayas run dry, a ew million people would die. Tigris andEuphrates rivers are down 75%.• The carbon/climate change situation is extremely dire. There is an attempt to create a consideration or how more serious and urgent the problem is rom the highest levels o government. Is this viable when we regainour senses about how bad climate change could be?• The current model o creating this division between public and private transport is alse and leading to waste, ineciency and misallocation. This is also leading to the act that our current systems are bursting atthe seams. Public roads are bursting. To maintain such a huge network o public roads is going to cost muchmore money than we’ve allocated. Bitumen costs are increasing. We need a chart on the skyrocketing liecyclecosts o roads. Auto industry is collapsing under its own weight (orced obsolescence and early models not working).• Aordability o cars is degraded. Costs are not coming down to meet the household allocations. Also deathand injury rates increasing. There is customer/user dissatisaction with the kind o oerings. They are gettingboxes rather than mobility services. There are the societal costs o noises, destruction o community due toincreased spaces between houses/roads, etc.• Last mile problem o mass transit – getting rom the last stop to your home. People don’t walk more than0.75 miles. Last hour problem o ridesharing – sometimes people get in early, stay late and you can be fexible.Then there is the errand problem. You can do diversions on your way home rom or to work to go shopping,etc. Associated with this problem is the space or buying and lugging large amounts o products.
• Create a metro rail system using roads. You create a seamless network o arterial roads. There are pocketscalled home zones, which could be residential, commercial, mixed. For any heavy motor vehicle to enter there would be access control. They would be serviced by dierent kinds o vehicles.• The goal is to get the best o rail and road usage. While rail needs resh capital investment, most roads don’tneed much and are underutilized. Rails are useul or single origins and destinations, but not with our kind o development, where the adaptability and fexibility are required. When we want desired speeds, it’s useul touse air trac control-like routing, which is very useul particularly or cities. Also using intelligent systems togive the speed needed to go to make a green light.• It’s a sophisticated rental car choice. All you have to do is book a seat and depending upon the value planyou select, it gives you a time window. For a premium plan, it could have a small window (e.g. 2 minutes). Sothere is a certain predictability o the service.• It creates a diversied, distributed mass transit network. We need some kind o new vehicles, like the peoplemover, which is very cost eective or the eeder. It’s a membership booking plan. You pay by point to point. You get a bill. Which in our overall scenario would be a multi-modal bill. Assignment o who is driving is thedriving prociency. This improves the overall driving quality.