“The time has come for a replacement to the automobile. Elevated rail makes the most sense for both city and forest, so the question remains, what format is the best? This is the question that I have asked myself for more than a decade. Over this time I have designed and discarded numerous options. The Railplane is the distillation of this effort. In it I have sought to embody the most versatile, useful, and fun results possible with a technology economical and durable enough to be implemented world wide.”David Ward
Railplane President and Principal Investigator
Imagine a day when traffic jams like this are a thing of the past and personal transit is both clean and efficient.

RailPlane is an ingenious forward thinking technology that would usher in a new age of futuristic transportation that is friendly to the environment, friendly to people, and economical. Based on simple technologies that are achievable now, RailPlane would help reverse the cause of climate change by introducing a fundamentally more efficient means of travel. This new innovation could provide comprehensive and elegant carbon neutral transportation across the US and beyond within a few short decades.

Most of today’s transportation takes place within the two dimensions of ground level. RailPlane technology adds a third dimension by utilizing a network of elevated monorails to transport people and freight in automobile sized vehicles. These vehicles operate as a single unit or link up with other vehicles to form a train. These same vehicles can exit the rail and drive on secondary roads like automobiles. The vehicles are self-piloted both on the rails and on the ground with the option of driver navigation on the ground.

The all-electric vehicles would be owned and operated as an on-demand public transit system, as part of a private transportation service company, as part of a ride share co-op, or simply as private vehicles. Even a private vehicle could be shared by a number of households because the vehicle could drop off one passenger and then navigate on its own to pick up another. This means fewer vehicles per person, fewer per household, and as important, reduced strain on the resources and energy required in their manufacture. To maximize the time spent traveling, flexible seating within the cars would allow passengers to sit upright for working, lounge in a recliner, or sleep on a full size bed.

With a targeted installation cost similar to that of a two lane paved road and maintenance costs significantly lower than those of a two lane paved road, the RailPlane technology has the capacity to serve a virtually unlimited population density cross-section.

Nearly all of the goals of society are in some way hampered by the limitations of a congested transportation system. A global shift to an automated rail based system would be as significant as the shift from telephones to the internet with similar societal and economic ramifications.

The bandwidth of highways in many cities has already been increased to the limit of what is possible. RailPlane could allow for an increased bandwidth that could take us into the next century and beyond.

Railplane Benefits

  • No More Divided Forests

    Capable of allowing the biosphere to once again be connected as a seamless matrix.

  • Adaptable

    Applicable to developing countries and highly developed urban centers.

  • Economic

    More durable and less expensive than the current automobile/highway system.

  • No more gridlock

    Radically alleviates the congestion of traffic in urban areas upon implementation.

  • Resourceful

    Minimal impact on resources and activates cradle-to-cradle principles across all design features.

  • Powered by the sun

    Operates on solar power built into the rail structure itself.

  • Easy on the ears

    Quiet electric drive reduces noise pollution – imagine quiet high-speed traffic

  • An easy merge

    Seamlessly integrates with existing roadway infrastructure while leveraging a new dimension of transportation – the airspace!

  • Safe & fast

    Safer than automobiles, with an operational speed in excess of 140 mph.