TriTrack Quick Answers
Quick Answers to Common Questions
As the population increases, and city sizes grow, traffic inevitably gets
worse. If we keep building more and more highway to accommodate the
population, eventually cities will be nothing but asphalt. Each lane of
TriTrack guideway is equivalent to 3 highway lanes, yet is only 8 feet wide
and uses virtually no ground space.
Cost to Taxpayers
Roads are expensive to build and maintain. Many cities are barely scraping by,
just maintaining the current roads. TriTrack guideways cost only $150,000 to
install. A full system of guideways installed in the city of Austin would cost
about $500 million, and could pay for itself in 5 years with a nominal
$.035/mile surcharge to users.
Guideways are constructed from aluminum, steel and concrete, making them easy
to recycle and rebuild. This keeps the cost of maintenance very low.
A TriTrack car is a personal car, it can drive on the street, and it can take
you where you want to go quickly. It comfortably seats up to four passengers
and has a trunk for storage. You buy your own car and keep it at your own
house so it is ready to go exactly when you are.
TriTrack cars go up to 25 mph on surface streets, and 180 mph on the guideway.
Thanks to the grid layout and the on-board computer navigation system, there
are no more traffic jams, and it is possible to get to the other side of town
in minutes rather than hours. A trip across Austin that used to take an hour
is easily reduced to under 10 minutes.
The safety record of monorail systems is unsurpassed. TriTrack cars are
constrained to the guideway and are under computer control when they are
traveling at high speeds. They have sophisticated crash avoidance systems with
On the ground, the car is limited to 25 mph, a speed at which it is very
unlikely to have a fatal collision. The structural strength of the car is in
the outer shell.
The crash avoidance system works not only on the guideway, but on the ground as
well. While your chances of surviving being hit by an SUV may be small no
matter what car you drive, your chances of being hit at all will be even
smaller if you're driving a TriTrack.
Cost per Mile
When you factor in the cost of purchasing an average $26,000 new car, financing
it, maintaining it, the cost of gas, and depreciation, a traditional car will
cost $.56/mile on average.
The TriTrack equivalent, at an average cost of $10,000 and including a
$.035/mile surcharge for the cost of the guideway infrastructure (see cost to
taxpayers above) is just $.31/mile. A TriTrack car will pay for itself in
about a year.
TriTracks are driven on an elevated guideway, and require less physical space
for an increased capacity. This eliminates the need for new roads, and
possibly some existing ones. The space that would have been used for highway
can be dedicated to something more beautiful like grass or gardens.
TriTracks will have a symbiotic relationship with the power company, and there
is space inside the track to put existing power and cable lines. This means
there would no longer be ugly cables running alongside streets and in
It is well known that traditional cars are awful for the air we breathe. An
electric car like the TriTrack emits only 1/10th the amount of NOx compared to
a traditional car.
Noise PollutionElectric cars are much quieter to operate than gas and diesel powered ones. In
addition, compared to driving on asphalt, driving on a rail is much quieter.
Whether or not we want to admit it, most people realize that fossil fuel is a
limited resource and that there is not enough to last much longer. Whereas the
average car sold in 2003 got only 20.8 miles per gallon, a TriTrack can easily
travel over 100 miles for the same amount of energy input.
Alternative Energy Sources
As alternative energy sources become more feasible, it is easy for the TriTrack
to adapt. The TriTrack relies on electricity, but it doesn't care how that
electricity is generated, be it natural gas, fuel cells or solar/wind power. A
traditional car, however, would have to be completely re-designed to run on
anything other than gas or diesel.
Better Computer Control
Right now many people are timid about letting a computer drive their car. By
starting simple with the computer only controlling while on the guideway, the general
population can gradually hand over the controls to the computer and not feel as
though something is being taken away.
With the computer control system in place, doors are opened for brand new
technologies like automatic valet parking, completely hands off driving, and
potentially even a 'kid's car' that follows along behind the parents.