• Cheaper to construct
CityTram utilizes the space above a portion of existing roadways and sidewalks. So there are no additional right-of-way costs. CityTram has been designed from day one with a maniacal focus on low cost. Construction costs for 1 mile of CityTram are comparable to construction costs for 1 mile of residential street. This is an order of magnitude lower than light rail or other ATN systems, and multiple orders lower than subways.
• Cheaper to operate
CityTram is designed for cheap operation. Its design is simple and borrows existing technology and components from other applications. So it relies upon few parts, for which suppliers and predictable performance and costs already exist.
CityTram cars are simple passive vehicles with no drive motor. They have only user interface electronics and a small HVAC system, with battery. Rolling stock is roller coaster technology, so it is proven, available, and cheap. Fixed small electric motors are used to drive lightweight sprocket and chain mechanisms such as those used in motorcycles for years. Since it is a constant motion system, acceleration and deceleration forces which lead to wear and tear are minimal.
• Synergistic with existing public transit
CityTram can also be deployed in a way that is synergistic with existing public transit systems. Small CityTram networks can be constructed as feeders to existing transit stations - serving that last 1/2 mile if you will. This improves accessibility to the existing transit, which should drive up ridership. Where existing transit stations are very dense, CityTram networks can eliminate the need for some of them, thus improving the speed performance of that transit.
So the bottom line is that because it is so cheap, CityTram is a more cost effective way to grow a transit system.
• Realizable with today's technology
CityTram does not rely upon complicated future technology, such as autonomously controlled cars. It relies upon existing control technology already being used in factory automation and people mover systems. It is realizable today, using existing technology and components.
• Low risk trial
Because CityTram construction costs are so low; and because construction can be completed so rapidly and with so little disruption; and because it can be constructed and operated incrementally, small local trials of CityTram can be performed at very low risk to transit organizations.