Port Container Moving System
The Zero Emissions System
This system will have the following characteristics:
Freight transport by train is the most economical way to move large amounts of freight for long distances. However, the movement of massive amounts of goods through Ports using diesel locomotives is highly polluting and getting worse as freight train traffic has doubled in the last 35 years. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that combined emissions from Diesel trains in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore and Detroit is equal to the emissions created by 55 million cars meeting today's automotive emission standards. This amounts to 37% of all automobiles driven in the United States today
The goal of the Zero Emissions Port Container Moving System is to use linear motor rail conversion to develop the next step in the evolution of railcars to a near zero emissions electric propulsion system at a lower energy and capital cost which is fully automated. It is estimated that this goods transport method will produce between 1/150 and 1/250 the amount of pollution as existing methods, at 1/3 the fuel cost.
By simply installing a diesel truck fifth wheel on the top of the magnetically fitted bogey and paving the LSM track, similar to a street car operation in urban streets, the port container moving systems becomes a reality.