The Freight Shuttle System (FSS) can be operated within either existing right-of-way or private property and needs a footprint of less than ten feet on the ground to transport freight. Fully automated, the electrically powered shuttle transporters travel unimpeded along a dedicated guideway above traffic. This provides additional security for the freight and avoids interaction with existing traffic, possibly adding capacity to existing transportation infrastructure.
As an electrically powered transportation technology, it will not create any emissions within existing highway rights-of-way where it is operated, and the potential emissions that may have been created by a hydrocarbon based transport are mitigated.
For Shippers and Truckers
Providing a dedicated, elevated guideway ensures that freight can avoid delays due to traffic and regulations, as well as damage, vandalism and theft. The reliability delivered by the 24/7 operations of the FSS could enable the shipper to reduce stock levels in the warehouse and truckers to mitigate driver shortage issues and use their resources more effectively, thereby lowering their operating costs.
Today, FSS is entirely privately funded—the taxpayer pays nothing, unlike when constructing and maintaining our current transportation infrastructure. In fact, public coffers will receive revenue when the FSS leases air rights within existing public rights-of-way. However, should the public sector be interested in using public funds, the recent FAST Act contains legislation that should make it possible. Further, some of the public-private partnership models created by some state departments of transportation (DOTs) could be used as models by other DOTs to fund a FSS.