1. Introduction                  <<   New Section describing the generic system components… answer “What is a JPods Mobility Network? “     >>
    1. (moved to https://www.idahomobilitycompany.com/10x-personal)
    2. The System Elements
      1. Pods
      2. Guideway
        1. The guideway is a truss superstructure that is supported by poles, elevating well above grade. The exact height depends on the location and any need to go above or over obstacles. On a level grade, it is anticipated to be NN feet above grade. The visual appearance of the guideway may be larger with solar panels or thinner without. The JPods are suspended below the guideway. All of the mechanisms for movement (the bogie) sit above the JPod; the bogie is within the guideway.
      3. System Control Center (SCC)
        1. Fully automated operations are monitored by staff at the System Control Center. The following is a notional view of how the SCC positions may be set up. The number of screens and System Control Operators (SCO) will depend on what is needed to monitor the system. Two SCO positions are envisioned.
        2. The System Control Center provides the System Control Operators with:
          1.  A full view of all JPods in operation (their location, destination, occupancy, and status)
          2. Means to interact with passengers if needed (audio, change of destination, etc.)
          3. Video monitoring of all stations and JPods
          4. Communications with any emergency services (i.e. police, fire, hospital)
          5. Ability to manage any system changes, e.g. bringing more JPods into service for spikes in demand
          6. Control over any recovery operations
        3. The System Control Center may be a separate, secure facility where only the System Control Operators reside or a part of a combined facility with the Maintenance Facility.
      4. Maintenance Facility
        1. The Maintenance Facility provides all the equipment necessary to train personnel, store supplies and chemicals, perform routine cleaning, and perform repairs and diagnostics on JPods, station equipment, and guideway.
        2. The amount of maintenance expected for a fleet of JPods is far less than what is required for a common automobile, given the simple nature of the design. That said, there are routine tasks scheduled as lubrication and cleaning that will occur. Repairs will be done using remove-and-replace, with rework on any components done at the provider based on unit cost. The design will provide a full set of diagnostics to allow the Maintenance Technician to verify proper operation prior to placing a JPod back in service.
      5. Rescue Operations
        1. In the unlikely event that a JPod breaks down, there will be two options for rescue. First, a replacement JPod will be brought up to the failed JPod and they will be coupled together. In this way, the functioning replacement  JPod can pull the failed JPod on to a nearby station. At that point, the passenger will be given a new ride to their destination in a replacement  JPod after the failed one departs (on its way to the Maintenance Facility). Should the towing option not be workable, the passengers will be removed from the JPod using a “rescue truck”. The rescue truck is simply a specially-bucket truck with a platform for people to transfer from their JPod to the rescue truck and be lowered to street level. Once there, they will be taken to the nearest station to use another JPod to complete their journey.
      6. Redundant Paths
        1. The system layout will include multiple paths between most locations. This prevents any station or set of passengers from being stuck behind a failed JPod. A notional multi-loop configuration is shown below. QQQ
        2. Given that the travel for the Las Vegas system is primarily up and down Las Vegas Blvd, there is little opportunity for such redundancy in loops. Instead, the proposed network for Las Vegas will include multiple paths in the same direction along both directions of travel. These are shown in the figure below (two lanes in each direction):  << Pic below is wrong… Bill to get us a picture with two lanes in each direction  >>