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A nationwide transportation system based on shared electric cars in a network of toll roads that control and provide power to the vehicles.



A nationwide sustainable transportation system based on electric cars can be built. The future of transportation is an integrated network of elevated fixed guideway toll roads that control and provide power to electric cars as they travel. The fixed guideways have a roof of solar panels generating 3.8 mega watts per mile, enough power for 241,000, 40 mile trips per day.  This is a triple mode system consist of shared and private electric vehicles of various sizes and manufactures traveling under manual controls on current roads and in an autonomous mode on low-speed urban and high-speed rural toll roads.  A nationwide, integrated, safe, secure, low cost, energy efficient, non air polluting, low CO2 emissions transportation system would have huge environmental and economic benefits for the country.   

Access to the electric mass transit system is control by stations that check vehicles for defects before granting access to the toll road. System users may rent vehicles for trips or by the day with off system usage. Or users my own the vehicles and drive them to the stations for system automated trips  and  then exit at the desired station and drive the vehicles to the final destination on existing roads.  Station also provide parking, rental vehicles, and convenience shops. 

System trips are fast, low cost, safe and convenient with 24/7 access. A tip example would be to go from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Diego 130 miles current drive time 2 hrs 20 min. to 3 hrs. A system trip between the two cities centers would take 1 hour and cost just $61.78 for the vehicle, includes renting the vehicle, the toll for the automated roadway and the electricity used.  If just 30% of the exiting 405 and I-5 traffic used this route for 40 mile trips or more the revenue to California would be over $800 million per year.  A $10k investor would receive $1,776.00 per year. A nationwide network would generate $500 billion per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 1700 million metric tons.  

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