How much will the RUF system reduce congestion on the freeway system?
In Los Angeles is daily driven 100 million miles on the freeway system. This RUF-scenario covers only a part of LA, so 60 million miles would be a fair comparison. Since some vehicles carry more than 1 passenger, it may correspond to 90 million passenger-miles per day. The traffic growth is expected to be in the order of magnitude of 50% over 10 years, so at the time when a RUF system can be implemented, the traffic may amount to 135 million passenger-miles per day.
The MAXI-RUF rail transportation represents approx. 69 million passenger-miles per day. Part of this derives from the previous bus operation and Public Transportation system. Another part derives from the traffic on ordinary roads. If 70% (= 48 million passenger-miles per day) is derived from the Freeway system this will mean a marked relief from congestion. To this should be added the contribution from the other RUFs.
The 50,000 RUFs represent 2 daily trips of 12 miles = 1.2 million miles/day, 1 million miles of which derive from previous driving on freeways. Apart from this 25,000 let RUFs travel approx. 100 miles/day = 2.5 million miles/day, 2 million miles of which derive from previous driving on freeways.
If 90% of the individual RUFs are privately owned and the rail can (with only 0.5 of its capacity used) handle 768,000 RUFs during 3 rush hours, it is realistic to assume that 600,000 private RUFs will use the rail or 200,000 trips per hour. Each trip is 9 miles long. One day corresponds to 12 hours of peak traffic. This will correspond to 21.6 million miles/day and it will contribute to reduction of congestion on the freeways.
48 + 3 + 22 = 73 million passenger-miles represent more than half of the traffic on the freeways. This will mean a very significant improvement in mobility.