Light rail has received a good deal criticism for having high costs and low capacity. For instance, the average speed of most light rail systems is about 25 mph and a capacity of about 9000 passengers per hour. In comparison our proposed RailPlane system operating at an inner city speed of 60 mph and would be capable of delivering over 30,000 passengers per hour.

Another example is California’s proposed high-speed rail which was given a projected cost of 70 billion in 2012. At an average cost of 70 million per mile. (This cost is likely to be far higher once the project is completed.) A RailPlane system could be installed for small fraction of this cost and provide better service.

The high-speed rail has a top speed 220 mph but with 17 stops between Los Angeles and San Francisco the average speed is roughly equivalent to the RailPlane’s top speed of 140 mph. Unlike the high-speed rail, the RailPlane vehicles would be able to travel the distance nonstop resulting in a roughly equivalent overall transit time, furthermore passengers would not need to find transportation to and from the high-speed rail stations but rather could be picked up and dropped off virtually anywhere.

Regardless of the mode of transport, most people would prefer to sleep, but sleeping in a seat is a poor substitute for sleeping in a bed. Passengers riding on a RailPlane would have the option of requesting a sleeper with the full size bed.