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Tulsa and Oklahoma can become the Silicon Valley of the Physical Internet® by adopting the Solar Mobility Act.

The Physical Internet®, the digitizing of mobility networks is coming:

Click on image to open slideshow: Tulsa, Home of the Physical Internet®

Click on image to open slideshow: "First Who Principle"

Click on image to open slideshow: Excellence, the Process of Relentlessly Improving

Wildlife roadkills, linear barriers to animal movements, linear barriers water movements, and water run-off from pavement are not issues with JPods networks. 

The benefits to wildlife also apply to pedestrians, cyclists, children, and pets. Protected bike paths under JPods networks would radically improve bike safety in most cities. Bike riders are 3 to 4 times more likely to be killed in the US than in Europe.

Link to Tulsa city map

Route-Time™ maps of travel times once JPods are built. On-demand personal mobility regardless of age, ability or wealth.



Tulsa, OK Example JPods Network from Bill James on Vimeo.



Scale Model 2018-03-28 from Bill James on Vimeo.


The City of Tulsa issues pass The Solar Mobility Act creating a regulatory framework for granting Rights of Way access for transportation networks that are at least 5 times the efficiency of roads and then a specific Franchise Ordinance for mutually agreed to JPods networks:

  1. Solar Mobility Act (as adopted in Bengaluru Indiapassed in Secaucus, NJ, pending in MA legislature).
    • Build with private capital.
    • Operate without government subsidies.
    • Exceed 5 times the energy efficiency of highways.
    • Exceed the safety of highway.
    • Gather 2 megawatt-hours of energy per mile per typical day.
    • Pay 5% of gross revenues for use of air space over city streets.
    • Regulate based on the ASTM F24 Theme Park Standards:
      • 4.5 per million injury-rate when regulated by Theme Park Standards.
      • 106 deaths per million regulated by DOT.
      • Widely used in Missouri.
      • Existing enforcement and insurance.
      • Existing common law.
  2. Franchise Ordinance

Why Ordinances are required:

For capital to invest requires the Rule of Law. Federalist #62, Madison

"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy."

America is a federated republic. Cities and states are sovereign over their roads, and other internal improvements. 

Federalist #45:

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."

The last eight Presidents have called on the nation to end our foreign oil addiction, yet between 1970 and 2008 that addiction increased from 20% to 65% of needs. 

Tusla passing the Solar Mobility Act:

  • Answers the calls to action by eight Presidents by creating a regulatory framework that allows networks 5 times more efficient than roads to be privately funded. 
  • Creates a know regulatory framework that capital can invest in.
  • Repeats in transportation the success of restoring communications to free markets in 1982.
  • Attracks innovators and suppliers of Hyperloop, JPods, ET3 and others to use Tulsa's manufacturing base to be both the "Oil Capital of the World" and the "Home of the Physical Internet®".

Foreign Markets will open to US Jobs:

As soon as networks are allowed in the US, JPods can ship to our existing foreign obligations. Examples of pending deployments in:

Solving Traffic Problems Pays to Create Jobs:

As soon as a known cost of regulation is defined, capital will invest to convert current traffic costs into value people of Oklahoma $12.7 billion per year. At least $7 billion per year of these costs can be recovered by combining the efficiency of freight rail with the on-demand service of the Internet. 

Links to:

Why Capital will Invest: 10x Benefits of Solar Powered Mobility Networks

Remove Parasitic Mass 

The problem with pollution and traffic congestion is we are moving two tons to move a person. JPods remove the Parasitic Mass and repetitive applications of power required from Start-Stop traffic. To illustrate how little energy is required, we allowed people to push a JPods mobilie network setup in front of Boston City Hall as part of Boston Green Fest. The small girl is pushing her mother. Judeth (75 years old) pushes a JPods vehicle with 3 people.

Route-Time™ Maps of Tulsa

From the Red Cross:

  • Green is 5 minutes to walk and ride.
  • Blue is 10 minutes.
  • Yellow is 20 minutes.
  • Red is 30 minutes.


Tulsa, OK Airport SketchUp JPods3D™ from Bill James on Vimeo.

The solution to urban traffic has been demonstrated since Trish Nixon was at the launch of the Morgantown's PRT since Oct 1972. It began operations in 1975. Here is a 1977 video of the benfits. 

Radically safer regulatory frameworks and systems are very well understood:

  • Theme parks, regulated by ASTM F24 have a serious injury rate of 0.2 injuries per million.
  • DOT, self-regulated, have a death rate of 106 per million.

Capital will not invest without a known regulatory system. Capital has invested in theme parks because there is a known cost of regulation. Capital has not invested in Morgantown's PRT because it is self-regulated; there is no known cost of regulation.  Safety has not been the barrier, roads and PRT are both self-regulated with radically different safety records:

  • Morgantown's PRT has delivered 110 million injury-free passenger-miles.
  • 1.7 million Americans died on roads in that same period Morgantown has been injury-free.

Radically more efficient mobility networks are well understood. But as with the century of rotary telephones under Federal monopoly, the nature of government commercial monopolies and innovation are incompatible:

  • Who eats lunch and who is lunch illustrates the unlimited violence in natural law.
  • We form communities to collaborate, to divide labor, to optimize our ability to harvest energy to survive and prosper.
  • We form governments to monopolize violence to coerce compliance with laws, to mitigate the violence of natural law and reinforce the ethics that build communities.
  • Innovation is a compliance failure.
  • In America, we Divided Sovereignty, the monoplies of violence between:
    • Federal government is sovereign over issues of war and peace.
    • States are sovereign over civil, commercial, and criminal law. 

The Boston Tea Party, the King's mixing war-powers with commercial monopoly resulted in the "post Roads" restriction in the Constitution. The Constitution alienated from state sovereignty the power to declare war and alienated from Federal sovereignty commercial self-interests. The Constitution forbids the mixing of war and commerical interests. There can be a Federal highway programs, the Federal Aviation Administration, etc..., but taxing for them is State Sovereignty. The States fund the Federal program with the Federal programs accountable to the State governments for their efficacy. Five Presidential veto messages, ratifying documents, and the Federalist Papers explain the importance of Federalism with Divided Sovereignty. 

Since the 17th Amendment, the checks and balances of Divided Sovereignty have broken with Federal consolidation. Now the states lobby the Federal government for highway dollars. The result of mixing war and commerce is nearly a century of foreign wars. In the last half century undeclared wars have become nearly perpetual. Oil-wars have been required since 1991 to sustain the 50% dependence of foreign oil required by Federally mandated infrastructure. Climate Change, oil-dollar funded terrorism, $20 trillion in Federal debt are other indicators of the harms caused by mixing war and commerce.

Eight Presidents have identified foreign oil addiction as a grave threat to national security. Yet in that same period from 1972 to 2008 policy makers taxed and built infrastructure that caused American dependence on foreign oil to increase from 20% to 65% of needs. 

We goofed in allowing the Federal government to mix war and commerce:

  • In the century of rotary telephones. Corrected by the courts in 1982.
  • In the century with the gas mileage of the Model-T. Can be corrected by passing the Solar Mobility Act.

A transportation metric of the harm of Federal violation of the "post Roads" restriction is the removal of efficiency as a market force. Since the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, nearly half the freight railroads in America have been bankrupt/abondoned. The following CSX commercial underscores the value of efficiency as a market force. Link to efficiency data, 476 ton-miles per gallon.

Question of Regulatory Inconsistency: 

If self-driving cars are allowed on city streets, why not allow grade separated, solar-powered, self-driving vehicles?

The answer is simple:

  • We create governments to coerce compliance with law.
  • Innovation is a compliance failure.

Violating the "post Roads" restriction created a government commercial monopoly that coerces compliance. Innovations that use its network monopoly are allowed. Innvations that compete with its networks are blocked. The Solar Mobility Act fixes this defect by allowing competing networks that are 5 times more efficient than roads.

We need governments to coerce compliance with law AND we need governments to limit their coercion in compliance with constitutions.


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