The next great infrastructure: The Electric Transport System (ETS)

In the near future, you’ll be able to look up and see the road that you could be on.

ETS  is the 21st century solution to congestion (vehicle numbers and pollution), water distribution (drought reduction and flood control), small freight transport, electrical distribution and local power production, emergency road response and injury transport, hybrid/electric vehicle conveyance, local power production, and a linear greenhouse for controlling pollution from roadways below.

ETS, as a key infrastructure development, is essentially a conveyor “belt” system. It will be a lightweight structure that carries water, electricity and freight in the base and standardized, lightweight vehicles (hybrid or electric) on the “layered” top. These vehicles will be guided and powered by the roadway itself. Bicycles, electric motor bikes, and pedestrians will be at the top. ETS will be built overhead on freeways as there is no place to go but up or on the ground down the middle of highways and between cities (overhead over intersections). It mostly uses alternatively produced electricity (a linear solar power array on sides and top, and micro wind turbines) to convey the infrastructure materials and vehicles.

ETS provides solutions to large-scale infrastructure and delivery systems needed nationally and globally that can be built within the next decade.

One – The ONLY solution to congestion is to build above current roadways that will “efficiencize” the movement of commuter traffic by taking a large number of vehicles off the major arteries, which is not really happening with rail technology, and certainly not with expanding lanes. Most importantly – ETS will drive the development of standardized commuter vehicles due to low production costs. These vehicles can go on and off the system and be rented or owned. With lightweight vehicles the cost of the “superstructure” can be minimized, AND by building a conveyance system into the superstructure for light freight and other commodities you spread the costs amongst partners.

Two: The time, fuel and vehicle cost of transporting light freight, packages and letters around the country is astronomical and is only going to get higher with skyrocketing fuel costs. As ETS is essentially a small freight conveyor belt type system, Fed Ex, UPS, USPS and other companies would greatly benefit and get a relatively short-term ROI.

Three: There is no national delivery system for clean and grey water, which would reduce drought and offer flood control. The ETS upper and base structures could also be a linear greenhouse system for cleaning water and growing biomass.

Four: In terms of cost and battery efficiency (cost again), 100% electric cars are simply not here yet. They are not going to be mass-produced by for-profit manufacturers in our near future, particularly due to non-US battery development. China and India are already beginning however to dump products (cheaply made electric vehicles) into the market and will overwhelm our Big 3 again. So since auto guided and road-powered electric vehicle technology (RPEV) is here now, vehicles on the system would not need battery power and would get the vehicle charged.

Five: The inherent inefficiency of rail technology, particularly in areas that are not densely populated, is overcome by the ETS in that personal and light weight mass transit vehicles can go on and off the system.

The Market: ETS has no competition other than current infrastructure delivery system users such as airplanes, railroads, and trucks. The market size is global but starts with the US. The infrastructures that deliver products and people are between and within every city and region in the world. The target audiences are not only the governments that invest in infrastructure, but many private businesses—such as freight companies, water companies, utilities, transit agencies—that need to move product, power and people. AND for the first time in 50 years, the automobile industry will get back into mass transit instead of lobbying against it.

Partners would be:

  1. One or more national engineering firms with expertise in project components, such as highway development and electrical engineering. The pitch is the potential payoff of being on the ground floor of the next great American infrastructure development.
  2. One or more national lobbying firms, particularly in the area of transportation.
  3. Key members of Congress, but possibly state legislators if it’s determined that we need to begin with a local demonstration project.
  4. Fed Ex, UPS, USPS and other freight companies.
  5. Utilities.
  6. One or more US automakers.

ETS Status: As a public infrastructure project, the first pitch will be to secure public and private grants for further study, budget analysis, and engineering feasibility studies. The pricing at this point is in the multi-billion-dollar range. ETS is in the conceptual stage with years of background research and expertise in electric vehicle development, transit system and infrastructure system studies. Once the “package” is complete and visually depicted, it will be presented to potential partners.

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