Moving Cost Says: July 29th, 2010 at 3:45 pm    We’ve all seen the advancement in technology over the years, and how it has impacted our lives good and/or bad. This “Sky Train Solar Powered Monorail” is a brilliant idea; it has great potential to help the environment tremendously. Thank for sharing this interesting article! 
JAMIE A DE GALE Says: July 30th, 2010 at 8:11 pm         I think this is a brilliant idea! This will be a good connection from the high speed rail to the many small localities within Florida.
Text Box:                                      UCONN’s CTLS Researchers Look at Livability

                                 Transportation shapes the places we live. A community's economy, mobility and livability - attributes valued by most people – are also influenced by transportation. But what is it that makes a certain type of transportation infrastructure more livable than another? Researchers at the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), working with economists at Clark University in Worcester, MA, set out to answer this question. During the last two years, CTLS has studied what features people most value in environments that are defined by transportation systems.                                                                                                                                       

The researchers found that people are willing to pay for incorporating these types of enhancements into the community as part of transportation infrastructure investments. All else being equal, people were willing to pay approximately $180 per year in additional taxes if a new transit service included improvements to the community's built environment. Further analysis revealed that this willingness varied considerably depending on whether respondents owned or rented their property and whether they were inclined to personally use mass transit for their commute.

The methodology and results of this research have been presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board and will be published in a forthcoming issue of Transportation Research Record. Through this and other complementary research, CTLS continues to explore new ways of engineering and planning our communities that promote livability, sustainability and security.

Our 1 mile  life-sized Demonstrtion is set to to be built at The Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa (MOSI) in three years, there are many Green Investors who are watching the progress.

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Karl Guenther, CEO of Palm Harbor –based STC making the D.C. rounds.

Working to get some Transport action;  meeting with Rep. Mica, Chair of The House  Transportation Committee.

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: The STC SOAR Team in partnership with The Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa Beach, of UCF developing the Revolutionary  Plug-in Energy Transfer Station powered by Renewables and using Ultracapacitors as storage.






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Cities can achieve greatness with Transit Oriented Development (TOD) spurred elevated Urban Circulators; i.e., the advent of a revolutionary APM connecting downtown areas, newly allocated High Speed Rail (HSR), Livable Communities (HUD), all the way to the designated (Intl.) airport.  For the benefit of every citizen will be cheap, clean, and easy access to public transit spanning the entire urban range; bypassing traffic congestion.  This is a Plug-in system that sources from Wind, Solar, and Fuel Cells; and regenerates 40% of its energy.  It’s a Zero-Carbon fully sustainable mode.

The vision can be realized in phases with what a National Science Foundation workgroup calls Placed-based Experimentation for Next-generation transportation projects.  Federal Agencies will foot the bill for at least 80% of the design and construction costs through their Livable Communities Grants (orchestrated by the new EPA/HUD/DOT Partnership.) Infrastructure capital will also come from extraordinary public private partnerships (PPPs).  That is a no-brainer for financing; municipalities  pay only 10%  which can be  bonded when the grants become available. 

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Text Box: STC has meticulously worked  toward a high performance  elevated re-arranged light rail/monorail APM concept, first building an 1/6th-scale operating model which displayed throughout Florida in 2003

The Museum Of Science And Industry in Tampa (MOSI) is committed to the installation  of the Solar-powered SOAR100 as a Demonstration Project with Real-time campus applications. Everything  is in place; STC is now raising $30,000,000 to lay the tracks for the world’s 1st Plug-in People Mover.

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“Cities as incubators: While many of the presenters were from federal agencies and prominent think tanks and universities, the call for placing the nation's cities on a more sustainable path emphasized the need for place-based solutions and leaned towards bottom-up instead of top-down approaches. Several participants noted that the federal government has started to encourage some of this place-based experimentation, by creating incentives to link housing and transportation planning in urban areas. Other participants pointed out that not all communities will be amenable to, for example, high-density housing and mass transit, but that strengthens the argument for metropolitan areas to examine different approaches to achieving their goals for sustainability. In this regard, they noted that there is an important role for the federal government and research community to facilitate some of these experiments and document the lessons learned.”

Text Box: Sky Train Corporation Forecasts Billions In Business Starting In Tampa. 

Investment in Sky Train’s Florida ventures, in particular those addressing Tampa and Orlando regions, will access billions of dollars in proposed transit routes and additional projects for Centers, Stations and Platforms, Hotels, and other commercial franchise development. In terms of STC’s Light Rail infrastructure work for each project, a conservative view for Tampa of servicing 39 to 120 miles at 36.5 million dollars per mile brings the company 1.5 billion of business for the first left leg of the phase within a 7 year investment scenario. Should we convince the powers that be to explore revolutionary Plug-in Public Transport, TBARTA, will provide bonding issues sparked by funding from private investment, which guarantees the investors a substantial yearly ROI. The time is ripe for Next-Gen APM systems everywhere in the Tampa area, this country, and around the world, providing US Manufacturing, Jobs, and Export.     

Starting with the demonstration at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Sky Train APM system will be extended throughout their 74 acres to connect to their planned Convention Center and Hotel Complex. From MOSI connections could be made to the University of South Florida and their adjacent Medical cluster, to Busch Gardens and the future HIGH SPEED RAIL station.  The Tampa route map pictured below includes the HS rail intermodal station and areas being redeveloped within that area of the city. Potentially the route could also connect to the north side of Tampa International Airport. A 15-mile north/south leg would be a $550 million project out of a total of 45 miles of planned routes in Hillsborough County holding $1.65 billion in projects. 

Projects in the Hundreds of Billions embrace Smart-Growth Planning in  throughout the State of Florida. Around the U.S. lies Transit Oriented Development in the Trillions. The success at MOSI will shortly spur international expansion of the system, as Sky Train is poised for a trillion dollars of work in 10 years time. If you're interested in our Florida-based Consortium please call 203 544 9603 and speak with Francis Knize, Consortium Coordinator.
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From the MOSI location the system could extend to the nearby University of South Florida (USF), Busch Gardens or other area attractions, and to intermodal transit stations in the greater Tampa area. Sky Train could also provide transit solutions to congested areas near the airports and seaport for passenger, luggage and/or freight container movement within or between their grounds. MOSI is the first step toward worldwide implementation of Sky Train’s Sustainable Mobility. 
MOSI is near Interstate 275 and the end of the Interstate 4 corridor connecting Tampa and Orlando that, according to a University of Pennsylvania Professor who has been studying urban planning, is “the most important urban Project in the U.S. at this time.”  The Tampa/Orlando corridor and its regional mass transit system is currently a national priority. The administration picked this area for one of the nation’s first High-Speed Rail links to connect two major urban areas. As a feeder system to support the High-Speed rail system connecting Tampa and Orlando’s urban centers, the Sky Train would offer a clean energy transit option for commuters and tourists. The Tampa Bay region presently represents the worst commuting environment in the nation, according to Forbes.com, ranking it last among 60 major metropolitan areas. See Tampa-St. Petersburg is nation's worst for commuting, Forbes says. - St. Petersburg Times . The need exists for expansion of transportation options that will mitigate the traffic congestion and reduce fuel consumption.
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From MOSI the Sky Train can connect to the tentative Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) seven-county intermodal transit network depicted below on their long range improvement plan. There is a future light rail system planned to connect USF (across the street from MOSI) to the West Shore Business District. Other future plans include connecting the existing Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit (HART) Marion Street Transit Center to the new Tampa/Orlando bullet train High Speed Rail station across the street to give visitors and commuters access to beaches, the airport and shopping via Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Additionally the existing passenger trains at the Amtrak Station in Tampa offers daily connection via the Silver Star to New York City and Miami. They also offer access by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach for connection in Orlando and to key cities in southwest Florida. The Sky Train Light Rail Feeder system would offer more accessibility to these and future strategic intermodal centers and will enhance the usage of the new High-Speed system. Most of the corridors and right-of-ways already exist, so a low cost system able to be constructed rapidly with limited disruption in the congested downtown areas is the solution.

Sky Train Corporation and Florida leaders have been proposing to Hillsborough County for five years a plan to cure congestion woes by installing their OSLR urban circulators, which can be erected quickly, are based on a sustainable mobility principle, are faster, safer, cleaner, and will connect to all the essential intermodal Hubs. These Hubs include those listed above, as well as HUD Sustainable Communities, other Livable Communities, major city centers, two airports, and commercial and residential districts.