Tuesday 20 February 2018



Defining terms for better understanding the Starkore City proposed transportation system approach might be compared to the Internet of Things. Humanities insatiable demand for digital speed is likewise demanded for physical transportation of people and goods to a lesser extent than the speed of light. Our human quest for speed is to get to places, safely, rapidly with efficiency and less consumption of energy.


As much as data needs to be shuttled from talking point to everyone else’s receiving point and back for vital communications so to should point-to-point physical transportation.   The Internet aspires to a performance system that is never congested, is without power outages, dropped linkages, continuous streaming to numerous devises, avoiding disastrous crashes or data that cannot be stored safely in the pipeline of Internet infrastructure. The data flows and safe harbor collection in the “Cloud” also becomes paramount. Digital data transmission efficiency is exceptional in contrast to power consumption consumed in our physical transportation realm.


The evidence found in the promotion and advancement of Starkore City transportation to dispatch people and goods in the real world for faster mobility flows is most urgent. The practical significance for global movements are manifold: pollution reduction, better land-use, less land given to street and parking, less fossil energy use, constant mobile communications, independence from the automobile, improved safety and personal security, less cost per mile for infrastructure and operations, less ticket price per mile travelled and best of all no need for subsidization.


The promise of increasing the average speed of moving people and goods from point to point without using cars on roadways, railcars on railways, aircrafts from runways into airways and shipping onto ocean ways has been significantly advanced in speed enough to cause a tremendous boom in Starkore Cities ecological placement, future habitat building for growth and change, to absorb growing populations in a sustainable manner. Change from existing transportation to something new can only become a bridge to the future and should be achieved with a small prototype introduction to prove itself in exhibiting the state of the technologies practicality and acceptance by knowledgeable consumers. Most of all these future visionary actions should create a plethora of new jobs.


The criteria founded within High Speed Ground Transportation Development and Personal Rapid Transit characteristics are unique and firmly bonded together. The comparison drawn between these two named forms of mobility infrastructure need a setting in a framework to be integrated in a similar manner when compared to the Internet of Things. The Internet is entering a monumental future event in bandwidth technology expansion. The flows of shuttled data in fiber optic cable infrastructure with a laser driven “Photonic Integrated Chip” will speed up to 120 times faster transmissions to eliminate the present performance that faces dropped connections, slowing speeds of data transmission, crowded communications and grid crashes. Future physical transportation must surpass present performance with no more congestion, accidents, missed connections, system breakdowns, power utilization inefficiencies and negative environmental consequences. The choice of a better technological transportation system changes the urban design of villages, towns and cities, thus creating a liberty of movement better integrated into serving all spatial shelter for human functions. Application of any new transport technology to “fit in” with existing grid city patterns is not the way to begin. Let’s rather observe, duplicate and biomimic some of Natures flows for life.


The term Personal Rapid Transit has nothing to do with Public Rapid Transit (PRT). The term High Speed Ground Transportation Development (HSGTD) has integrated Personal Rapid Transit into its Starkore City performance characteristics. This integrated scenario suggests an advance above the triad of past individual Public Rapid Transit (PRT), High Speed Rail (HSR) and Personal Rapid Transit projects. The Starkore City system speeds are faster and coordinate with standard land planning dimension principles framed for village, town and city pedestrian access to enter the capsules at the Portals locations. Sourced from specific land-use plan urban design patterns these are made for alternative communities. Such physical dimensional standards should encourage healthy daily walking. The service of a small lightweight autonomous electric vehicle (MoPod™) daily for reaching greater distances than are comfortable to walk from home to Portal and then from the destination Portal to a distant home or business is now possible. This is a secondary alternative provision for exceptional mobility use in the Starkore City transportation technology. The convenience promotes mixed-use capsule mode capability for point-to-point intracity and intercity or in a greater regional context which is both affordable and most desirable.


The flows of capsules in and between cities occur between two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life – from the earth to heaven or the reverse. Mobility that serves the spatial volumes of shelters for a variety of contexts and uses – is the yinyang. “The two are both said to proceed from the Great Ultimate (taiji), their interplay on one another (as one increases the other decreases) being a description of the actual process of the universe and all that is in it. In harmony, the two are depicted as the light and dark halves of a circle”. Encyclopaedia Britannica.


All wheeled vehicles – wheelchairs, bicycles, MoPods™ and other forms of wheeled conveyances operating in atmospheric conditions on a new roadway network, should be lightweight, electrically powered and of a dimension that nests together into the capsule for dispatch into maglev infrastructure guideway pipelines. The concept defines a mixed-use mobility concept that has already functioned with shipping containers that can be transferred to three modes of transportation – trucking, railcars and aircrafts. Only this Starkore City concept in essence is smaller in volume and weight as it assumes the internal dimensions of a small car. In addition this goal must answer the performance that should be found inherent in a future “Smart Home” to avail dwellers of “Smart Travel” for people and goods carrier opportunities that should be available and connected to a constant life providing motion system 24/7.


The nested wheelchair, bicycle and/or MoPod™ have two seats and limited baggage space that becomes an integral part of the capsule. Every capsule has a computer, heating and air conditioning, electrical propulsion and braking served by linear induction motors on magnetic alignments inside the guideway pipelines. The capsule is provided with a backup battery and communication system that will last in excess of five hours (four hours being the longest anticipated journey time frame) to serve six passengers on the trip duration.


Each Portal is located on a siding parallel with the main guideway pipelines. These pipelines of 6-foot diameter are placed either above ground with columns at 100 foot spacing’s, on the ground or underground in tunnels. The land-use corridor “right-of- way” requirements vary from sixteen feet in width to a service area underneath of 50 feet. Just like a freeway on-ramp and off-ramp, two pipelines, each for opposite travel directions, extend from the mainline to service the portal according to the lengths required for acceleration or deceleration speeds of the capsules. The Portal also has facilities enabling goods transfer into autonomous Mopods™ for distribution to sites, storage silos and warehouses. These goods capsule movements never stop in the loading and unloading process for solid and liquid products.


The switching mechanisms are controlled inside the capsule’s computer and with sensors positioned in the pipelines at the on-ramp and off-ramp intersections for merging into the main line. These report to wayside computers for constant monitoring. There are no moving components in the guideway pipelines as the capsules travel without friction in a air evacuated cylindrical spatial volume. The sensors control all the capsules acceleration, merging, headway spacing and deceleration at all times, thus minimizing any accidents of the capsules in the a vacuum environment of the guideway pipelines. The control system integrates the movement of every capsule on the system from initial electronic ticket purchases by the passenger or agents that code the goods containers. Each capsule whether occupied by passengers, MoPods™ or goods passes through two checkpoints. The first on entry into the portal, the second through the airlock into and out of the guideway pipelines. Trained personnel man the control rooms 24/7 to monitor and operate capsule movements in all positions with a computer control system and the required back up in a limited event of any untoward incident.


The portals are arranged on three levels for pedestrians, Mopods™ and goods delivery. Each level has a moving belt (much like that found in Airports) onto which capsules rotate in a clockwise fashion about a central vertical core of elevators, escalators and stairs in the central public space thus allowing for pedestrian arrivals and departures. Autonomously controlled MoPods™ access the second floor via ramps into the central public space to then drive onto the moving belt to access into or out of the capsules. The delivery of goods is placed on the lower Portal floor. From buying the ticket to reach the desired destination, to securing a seat in any capsule on the clockwise circulating moving belt for people and/or goods, allows liberty to travel at any time day or night. This Starkore City transportation system is incredible and should be destined for implementation to transform mobility for point-to-point performance far above what we currently experience in our current daily movements.


What should be the holistic approach for consideration of this future Starkore transportation system?

  1. Using dormant intelligence from men of understanding and of considerable practical skills in the exploration of outer space.
  2. Causing common sense to bear toward the application and implementation of this future transportation technology that presently is feared by status quo attitudes for such a transformation.
  3. Bringing about the use of less energy to transport people and goods that ultimately better balances man made and natural environmental relationships.
  4. Fulfilling the need to activate the creation of numerous jobs globally in the primary field of transportation and complimentary disciplines involved with village, town and city development.
  5. Refocusing existing manufacturing capabilities for production of all the component parts for the proposed transportation system.
  6. Developing robotic manufacturing capabilities for rapid guideway assembly and deployment.
  7. Integrating Geographical Information Systems to afford and record logical, rational and practical decision-making.
  8. Establishing a fresh Corporate Management Organization with capabilities to conduct and administer all required functions of governance approvals, legalities, technical standards, financing, designing, manufacturing, general contracting, system operation and maintenance, quality assurance and advertising, as well as, signing potential franchise agreements internationally and with sovereign nations.
  9. Project Management must be on the level of control as an International Corporate Enterprise of standing in design for all system plans and specifications and computer controls. Considerable familiarity with first American and second global industries, and thirdly with citizens who are the customers found in cities, counties, regional organizations, and States who together with the Federal government have requirements for partnership and relationships for system operation and maintenance.
  10. The critical factors for the entire transportation system should include guideway alignments, stations, electronic ticketing systems, capsule and Mopod™ servicing and storage silos for idle Mopods™and capsules. Securing bids from manufacturers for the core control system components is to be controlled by the Corporate Management Organization entity and must have the overriding prerogative to reject bids for any operating element.
  11. The most important control element is that of the computer simulation system. The code that operates the Starkore city transportation system configures all of the computers that service the entire mobility functions. These computer controls contain the vital mathematical ingredients to reproduce every function in constant motion that never ends. All Starkore City designs for the entire system components will be copyrighted and patented.
  12. Electrical power supplies for the entire system will rely on a variety of energy supply generation capacities to serve effectively on a connective network pattern. A standby system of an alternative power source must be well established for instant energy supply, if the major energy supply is interrupted.


What are the detailed Starkore City attributes that exhibit desirable transportation features for ultimate success?

  1. The first human action key for booking a seat begins with a travel desire – that of knowing the destination address. Using many different communication devises the securing of an “electronic ticket” can be instantly purchased and accredited to the consumers account in order to travel on the system.
  2. The next choice to be made is to walk on a pedestrian path to the Portal where a capsule with six seats can be entered either to accommodate a single traveler, a shared trip with friends or to be accompanied by family members. An alternative choice is to have a Mopod™ come to the ticket buyers’ front door to autonomously transport either a single or double travellers to the capsule found inside the Portal. The third choice is to enter a Mopod™ that readily accommodates a wheelchair to reach the Portal. This mixed-use capability is a unique feature that makes Starkore City superior to all other forms of transportation. All three decisions are based on alternative costs that allow one to either own, rent or lease a Mopod™ or just simply purchase an “electronic ticket” for the capsule ride. The point-to-point capability for personal conveyance and/or the dispatch of luggage greater in volume that can be carried either in the capsule or Mopod™. This can be synchronized with another capsule, as no stops of any kind along the way should alter the collective capsules simultaneous “on time arrival” at the destination.
  3. The system is “user friendly” in that it establishes traveller identity with ticket purchase and then checks this at Portal entry points swiftly whether accessed as a pedestrian or using a Mopod™ before entering the capsule for the journey. After entry into the capsule all traveller information is verified. When on the moving belt in the Portal one is presented with many clean serviced capsules for immediate embarkation. Further the seat ergonomics and space given to travellers allows for relaxation, TV observation, or working with laptop computers and telephonic devises for two-way communication. This is higher in value and quality service than existing current space amenities for passenger comfort. Small carry on backpacks can contribute to snacks, libations and essentials during the journey time period.
  4. Security inside the Portal is of prime importance for traveller safety and systems operation. Camera observations of all activities 24/7 will be displayed in wayside control rooms. Security staff will be active on all three Portal levels.
  5. The “electronic ticket” costs and overall operation for the entire system will not only be less expensive per passenger mile travelled than existing conveyances but with the addition of goods movement reduce the costs of travel enormously due to the extraordinary capacity capabilities and energy efficiencies. This enhances innate human travelling desires to respond either to an emergency or normal travel habits to get somewhere swiftly in that it offers the choice of a single seat to do so. It is this single factor that should make this point-to-point opportunity financially viable and a great return on the system investment. Compare the capsule to a blood cell travelling in an artery. Each capsule contains a passenger with a need to reach a destination for a specific reason. This individual choice of convenience, comfort and cost for a singular travel journey casts a new light on profitability.
  6. The capital costs per seat mile should be far less than all existing transportation modes by a significant magnitude. This is enhanced by the fact that the capsules inside the guideway pipelines will be far less polluting than all conventional forms of transportation. The guideway pipelines will be aesthetically pleasing. If above ground and supported on columns the pipelines will carry integrated solar/wind power electrical generation capabilities and other utilities. If placed underground the system promises to be less expensive to traverse certain geographies to reach all continents. This should be achieved with application of advances in tunnel boring machine technologies where required for cost/benefit advantages.
  7. Should an act of Nature such as an earthquake and or a rupture in the guideway pipeline occur an instant warning to capsule occupants is activated to brace for an emergency stop. Inflatables immediately deploy internally to protect the occupants as a rush of air enters the guideway pipeline to restrain capsule movement. Automatic valves are deployed on either side of the incident to contain the length of damage. This will allow the capsules to exit and pass through the valves with an internal capsule backup battery power given the ability to reach the closest Portal. When so achieved the capsule can be rerouted on an alternative network to the desired destination. Immediately after this occurrence a maintenance crew will be dispatched to repair the damage.


The time is ripe to institute such a Starkore City proposal.  Supporting infrastructure costs for all present forms of travel is reaching a cost/benefit tipping point revealing an inability to be financed. An urban design framework is prepared, practical and possible. The formulation of an inter-disciplinary team with accumulated knowledge and techniques is available to be instituted. Once the Starkore City prototype installation is made and the phenomenon becomes “proven”, the world will never be the same again. The beginning will not be a magic carpet. One must start small with something new for our civil transportation system. There are also ready utility solutions that need to be implemented for a less costly underlying urban infrastructure. This is more than achievable with present technology applications. Until the fossil fuel era that drives the present transportation system is dispelled, only then will the true cost of balancing man-made city creations with Nature be made good and more clearly understood. Our collective intelligence must serve the priority of mobility in our new transportation technology solutions.


The challenge for us and the next generations is to participate in the forging of a transportation venture that turns the heads of the Corporate, Politbureau, Academic and Research Institutions away from a lack of vision, imagination and unwillingness to offer leadership in doing things differently. This effort does not begin with a transportation technology infused with force into villages, town and cities as a “fixit” process. This does not begin with a utopia of beautiful renderings that are but eye candy. The urban design future begins with a transformation of both transportation and city development together in a complimentary manner. Transportation for better human mobility is the obligatory and incremental transportation technology advance one must make for survival on earth. Transportation technologies have advanced mobility patterns historically with their incremental introductions. Starkore City is the paramount transportation vision for humanities advance on earth. To quote Daryl Oster; “Let us bring space travel to earth”™.


To quote Reinhold Niebuhr;

“May God grant me (us) the serenity to accept the things I (we) cannot change,

The courage to change the things I (we) can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I (we) would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I (we) surrender to His Will;
That I (we) may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


Graham Kaye-Eddie

M.U.D.                       10/8/14 – 10/17/14      3288 words


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