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 (FSS) 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
FSS 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
FSS 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 FSS for Economic and Social Communities
- 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
- Improved safety.
- Approximately 1 out of 9 traffic fatalities results from a collision involving a large truck.
- FSS reduces truck traffic in congested areas to improve safety.
- 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: FSS will reduce truck-induced infrastructure damage.
- Reduced congestion: FSS 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: FSS 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.
- Lower fuel consumption: FSS would reduce fuel consumption by millions of gallons per year.
- Compatible with and complementary to other transportation modes.
- FSS 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 FSS 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.