Currently, transportation policies are implemented based on political influence. Two clear metrics of this:
  • 46% of 400 ton-mpg freight railroads have been replaced by 25 mpg roads since The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1916 implemented the current Federal transportation monopoly.
  • Oil-wars have been perpetual since 1991 despite eight US Presidents calling on Federal regulators to end foreign oil addiction because it is a direct threat to national security.
  • Congressional study "Automated Guideway Transit" identified Federal regulations as the barrier to transportation innovation for "four to six decades".  The 5X5 Standard breaks that barrier city by city. Local traffic problems can be solved locally without waiting for Washington.

Shift to Objective Metrics

The 5X5 Standard shift transportation policies:
  • From: Political influence.
  • To: A metric of 5 times greater efficiency
/////////////////   BEGIN 5X5 Standard of the Solar Mobility Ordinance ////////////////////

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, to encourage the shift from an oil-powered economy to a sustainable economy, the ___CITY__or__STATE___ shall regulate solar-powered mobility networks by the following 5X5 Standard:

  1. Privately fund construction of innovations.
  2. Unless rejected in writing within 30 days of plan submission, non-exclusive use of public Rights of Way is granted to networks at least 5 times more efficient than current roads (at least 125 miles per gallon).
  3. Networks must pay 5 percent of the gross transportation revenues to the aggregate rights-of-way holders.
  4. Networks must operate without government subsidies.
  5. Safety must exceed that of transportation modes already approved for use in the Rights of Way.
  6. Are designed, fabricated, installed, insured, and inspected in compliance with International, ASTM International F24 standards for Amusement Rides and Devices (Disney monorail standard, Clark County Building Standards).
  7. Comply with existing Rights of Way laws applied to other networks that serve public needs.
  8. Networks must gather more than 2 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per network mile per typical day.

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Benefits of the 5X5 Standard:

The 5X5 Standard simplifies capital investment by:

  1. Removing political influence as the primary factor in granting use to Public Ways and replacing it with a physical metric of 5 times greater efficiency.
  2. Removing taxpayers' risks for funding transportation systems:
    • Buses cost $1.45 with .7 pounds of CO2.
    • Light Rail cost $.76 with .5 pounds of CO2.
    • Roads/Cars cost $.30 with .6 pounds of CO2.
    • 5X5 Standard would cost less than $.06 and produce no CO2.
  3. Removing the long delays associated with environmental impact statements. Systems 5 times more efficient than roads are environmentally better.  Governments retain the right to reject networks for any other reason within 30 days of project submission.
    • Reducing by at least 5 times the transportation CO2 driving Climate Change Root Cause.
  4. Providing a new source of revenues from the 5% of gross transportation revenues.
  5. Providing at 10,000 times better safety record:
    • The ASTM International, F24 has an injury-rate of 0.9 injuries per million people.
    • DOT regulations have an injury-rate of 11,200
  6. Providing known regulatory costs and delays. This know cost in dollars and time facilitates private risks replacing taxpayer risk in funding ideas.

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."

Following is a Letter of Interest from Goldman Sachs relative to their willingness to invest $4-6 billion in JPods in Georgia based on the 5X5 Standard. Goldman has since published an intent to invest $750 billion in the sustainability by 2030.

5X5 Standard as pending in Massachusetts


Investment News

Capital Investments:

Self-driving cars


Self-driving vehicles on grade-separated guideways:

Reducing Confusion over Sovereignty to Solve Traffic Problems

Cities and States are sovereign over roads and highways.

Following is a summary intended to remove the confusion that Cities and States must wait for Federal action to solve the traffic and Climate Change issues in local communities.

As with the century of rotary telephones under an unconstitutional Federal monopoly, we have had a century with the 25 mpg transportation efficiency of the Model-T under an unconstitutional monopoly.

Fortunately, in 1982 courts declared the Federal communications monopoly unconstitutional. Millions of jobs were created innovating better services at lower costs and communications digitized into the Internet.

Cities and States implementing the 5X5 Standard will enforce the Constitution's Preamble, post Roads, Ports, Necessary and Proper, Commerce, and Amendments 9 and 10 to restore liberty to innovate sustainable transportation alternatives to the unconstitutional Federal highway monopoly.

The Boston Tea Party was a demonstration against a government transportation monopoly that triggered a war. To prevent rebuilding that path to war:

  • By a vote of 8 states to 3 on Sept 14, 1787, the Constitutional Convention forbid Federal taxing and spending on highways and canals beyond defending free speech by assuring that if no other means was available post roads to deliver letters could be built.
  • By the We the People in special state ratifying conventions documenting the divided sovereignty of the Federal government over issues of war and states over internal improvements, commerce, and crime. And, the citizens sovereign over all liberties not enumerated as sacrificed to governments in written Constitutions. Federalist #45 summaries this Divided Sovereignty:

"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."

City and State governments need only enforce the US and State Constitutions to change economic lifeblood from oil to ingenuity. As the Internet replaced rotary telephones, the Physical Internet® will replace the 25 mpg efficiency of the Model-T.