Communities

An Ecosystem of Stakeholders

Freight transportation impacts a wide variety of interrelated and connected groups of social and economic stakeholders in communities across the United States and around the globe. The Freight Shuttle system is designed to be a tool for stakeholders to use in improving their quality of life and enhancing their economic connections.

Improving Quality of Life

FSX improves the quality of life, safety and the competitive position of economic communities by removing truck traffic from congested public roads and highways and transporting freight through congested corridors and over traffic bottlenecks using efficient, autonomous electric shuttles moving on an elevated guideway within existing highway right-of-ways.

Creating Efficient Intermodal Connections

FSX integrates into the existing highway, truck, and rail intermodal cargo transportation networks to augment and improve vital links within the economic network that have become inefficient because of congestion and traffic bottlenecks.

Benefits of FSX for Economic and Social Communities

FSX integrates into the existing highway, truck, and rail intermodal cargo transportation networks to augment and improve vital links within the economic network that have become inefficient because of congestion and traffic bottlenecks.

  • Improved air quality: Electric power makes FSS sustainable and environmentally friendly.

    • Cuts CO2 emissions by an average of 77 percent

    • Cuts NOX emissions by an average of 97 percent

  • Expanded capacity using private capital. 

    • Private capital builds and operates infrastructure at no cost to taxpayers.

    • Lease payments will add financial benefit for the taxpayer.
       

  • Reduced road maintenance: FSX will reduce truck-induced infrastructure damage.

  • Reduced congestion: FSX will free significant numbers of highway “slots” for passenger traffic.

    • Relieving congestion for the growing population in congested corridors.

    • Significant annual commuter and truck driver time savings.

    • Helps accommodate increased demand.

    • Allows better use of resources.

    • Delays the need to build new highways.

  • Economic impact: FSx would create thousands of jobs during construction and also provide hundreds of permanent operations jobs.

    • Significant positive economic impact for region during construction.

    • Significant positive economic impact during operations.

    • Significant positive impact on in tax revenues for regional governments.

Diesel trucks generate 43 times the NOX generated per vehicle mile traveled.

  • Lower fuel consumption: FSX would reduce fuel consumption by millions of gallons per year.

Diesel trucks use almost 3 times the energy at cruise speeds per vehicle mile traveled.

  • Compatible with and complementary to other transportation modes. 

    • FSX is compatible with all existing intermodal freight systems.

    • It is designed to work with the trucking and railroad industries, not replace them.

  • Minimal impact on traffic: Construction will cause minimal interruption to highway traffic because the guideway will be prefabricated and constructed from the top of the deck itself, therefore the impact to the active travel lanes below would be minimal.

  • Proven technology and reliability: The FSX combines the best features of trucks and railroads. The automated vehicle and control systems do not need onboard drivers, and the linear induction propulsion system has virtually no moving parts to wear out or fail.

  • Improved safety

    • Approximately 1 out of 9 traffic fatalities results from a collision involving a large truck.

    • FSX reduces truck traffic in congested areas to improve safety.
       

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