High Speed Rail in the USA
High Speed Rail People Mover System (HSRPMS)
People Movers ©
If you ever find yourself in the Denver Airport, you will probably find yourself
taking a ride on the People Mover, a one car automatic robot controlled train
that takes passengers from terminal to terminal. This was developed in Detroit
in the 1970s by companies like Alscott Service and Ford Motor Company. AlScott*
did the working miniature model for Ford to test out the concept and sell the
idea to others. The People Mover is now being used in many areas of the country
for fast and efficient transport of people.
The People Mover was also called the 'Horizontal Elevator' since it acted like a
elevator, a transport device that would move people and goods from location to
location on demand, and not on a schedule as most buses and trains do.
Like an elevator, the People Mover can be used to move people and goods from
building to building, and in between floors of any height. Thus, a city like New
York that has skyscrapers can have People Movers at the first, second, third, or
eightieth floors from building to building. We have the technology, and a system
of People Movers from high-rise to high-rise in most cities would alleviate much
of the surface transportation gridlock, while providing safe and efficient
transportation of people and goods out of the weather and hustle and bustle of
the city's streets. This would save energy, cut pollution, and allow vehicles to
park miles away in secure parking garages that are also served by the People
The People Mover developed by Ford Motor Company (My shop was the
initial designer of the fully working model that was used for the concept) is a
single unit rail car that is self-propelled and programmable by the riders, who
use the unit as a 'horizontal elevator'.
Riding on a track system, or a cushion of air, it can reach speeds in excess of
200 MPH. Unlike bus, regular rail, and airline systems that have to work on set
schedules, the People Mover is 'ON-Demand'.
Unlike most train systems that have set stations, the People Mover
can have a station every 20 feet if that is what is needed, it does NOT stop at
any of the stations along its route until called by a user to do so. Thus, if I
want to get on in Detroit and off at the airport, I can, or I can take the
People Mover to Atlanta if I wish. Unlike many of our public and private
transportation systems that only run during the day, the People Mover would be
available 24/7, and in most types of weather.
Unlike buses and aircraft, the People Mover can be designed to be
nearly 100% safe, the concept and working systems have been in use for over 30
years; the units are equipped with sensors that control speeds, avoid
collisions, and self-diagnose and remove each if a potentially dangerous
maintenance situation develops.
People Mover tracks can be 'prefabricated' in factories, and can
be elevated to help prevent vandalism. Being elevated the tracks can be open to
the air in 'U' shaped channels, thus very immune to weather, especially ice and
snow that will fall through the track to the ground below.
The People Mover right of way can be the existing Interstate,
Federal, and State highway system, and can also supplement or replace the
passenger rail systems.
The 'track' design can contain solar and wind energy generators for the electric
that will be used for much of the daytime power. The track can also be designed
to carry commercial electric, natural gas, water, etc., to areas around the
country, thus adding value and with the conduit rentals, help pay for the
People Mover systems can also be brought into buildings, i.e. a
building in an industrial park, and a single parking area can be built on the
outskirts (mulitlevel) and the People Mover go from building to building within
the park; and being an "On-Call' system, it can provide office to parking lot
service on a moment's notice. This saves land, snowplowing in northern state,
and development dollars as roads, street signs, traffic lights, etc., with the
industrial park would be minimum.
In cities like Philadelphia, the People Mover is a low cost alternative
to building new highways to take up the ever increasing volume of people
traveling in and out of the city. Philadelphia like most cities have 'subways or
elevated rail systems in place, this would replace the scheduled lines that if
missed can result in long waits, with a On-Call system that is much speedier and
It is time to rethink our cities and the transport of people and goods.
* AlScott was formed and owned by the owner of this website.
Other Articles to Read and from which to learn about HSR
Why does the USA need High Speed Rail
Amtrak History and Rider ship Cost
Taxpayer Cost of Transportation Systems
Amtrak has always needed a money train.
USA Advantages to Developing High Speed Rail
California and HSR - Needed or NOT..
Florida's Need for HSR
Where are the USA jobs?
Commercial Hauling of Materials
Why is President Obama so obsessed with high speed rail?
Needed personnel and trades
Where do we get the money?
Where else do we get the money?
The Future of the HSR in the Americas
Information on External Websites
Amtrak Info Menu....
Guide books, Amtrak reform, RR pictures
Project... CSX and Union Pacific work with the USA Taxpayer's
TIGER - Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery Grants