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Solving Hub Based Transit, using SkyBuses (drones).

Miami is not a city based on arteries, but like many modern cities, it has multiple hubs, requiring a different kind of solution.

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Miami is a city made of many nodes, downtowns, and population centers. Due to this, traditional, artery based solutions to transit such as highways or rail alone cannot solve its problems. Miami has a lot of private and public entities working to solve first/last mile solutions in small municipalities, but a true commuter option for moving across the city does not exist. My solution proposes using autonomous flying vehicles to create a network of hubs across the city, allowing intercity commutes to be off the road, and in the sky. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Cities today are not developing as they did before. There is not 1 center of Miami but 10. Downtowns are created by each municipality, breathing in their own culture and lifestyle into each node. Each is a city by themselves, but people in them often need to move between them. This is where transit and traffic fail to connect and easily move people to and from their destinations. This includes daily commuters, lunch hour crowds, school drop-offs, and more. Moving around the county from node is node is difficult, and no comprehensive solution has yet been proposed to solve it.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

The solution proposed may appear far-fetched, but it is simply a stepping stone to reach a larger conversation. If we had all of the money and logistics in the world, how would we solve our problems? From that solution, we can begin to edit and find something pragmatic and implementable. This iteration/proposal is simply to raise the point about hub based transit, in order to reach a point of finding solutions to the right question.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would use my funds to assemble a team to create a viable and pragmatic solution to hub-based transit. This master plan would take into account political funding, private entities, timeline, and advertising. It would hire transit consultants from across the country, and work with local leaders to develop a real solution.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

I would measure the success of my pilot by the implementation of the master plan, and its discussion in county governments to come.


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Indead a airways transportation system could work, just be sure to have in place safety features like the hubs can't get manually stolen. You must be a licensed pilot, as well as a US citizen. So a card scanner in the machine for operator power up. Without pilots would be more work, it could promote job creation, an remember they can run on power. Gained by the sun and recharged at the platform with a recharge code. And consider a renewable source for primary units. You can grow wood. Unless the gready car personal that do exist wish to recycle their cars into the planes/drones. Or I have vehicle plans for a sky transport myself. So would be willing to offer a hand as part of the team if you wanted a partnership.

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Awesome! yea I'll reach out to you if this moves forward.