Profit generated by operating a MAXI-RUF system using the rail network:
It is envisaged that the MAXI-RUFs on the rail system can attract users for a 50% occupancy rate corresponding to 16,000 MAXI-RUFs transporting 80,000 people at the same time. A typical distance of 9 miles will last 7.5 minutes at an average speed of 75 mph on the rail. This means the transportation of 80.000 x 60/7.5 = 640,000 passengers/hour 12 hours a day = 7.68 million trips a day. Multiplied by 345 effective days/year = 2.6 billion trips/year.
Each passenger pays a fare of $1.5.
From this amount should be deducted expenses for energy. A 9 miles trip costs $1 in energy for a MAXI-RUF. Maintenance costs are estimated to $0.1/passenger-trip. $0.1/passenger-trip is set aside for renewal of rolling stock (16,000 MAXI-RUFs á $45,000 = $720 mio). Every year is collected 2.6 x 0.1 = $260 mio.
This corresponds to a lifespan of 3 years.
A MAXI-RUF-trip with a 50% occupancy rate generates a profit of $( 1.5 x 5 -1 -0.5 -0.5) = $5.5 or $1.1/passenger trip.
The operating profit for the MAXI-RUF rail system equals 2.6 x 1.1 = $ 2.86 billion/year.