Assumptions about ridership
At this stage, no feasibility studies have been made, so ridership numbers are based upon assumptions about the attractiveness of this system compared to other systems.
It is foreseen that the system will start as a 100% public transportation system using MAXI-RUFs and public RUFs. Then, when the rail network is in place, privately owned RUFs can start using the system.
The RUF / MAXI-RUF public transportation system will be much more attractive than the traditional public transportation systems for the following reasons:
Once the rail network has been established, the system can attract many individual RUF owners for the following reasons:
The MAXI-RUF part of the system will be able to attract many car drivers who would like to get around without using a car, but who refuse to use the traditional unattractive train/bus system.
The RUF part of the system will appeal to car drivers who want to protect the environment, but who are dependent on the flexibility of the car. A normal electric car is too limited in range, and it suffers from congestion problems, just like the normal car. Using a RUF means getting rid of highway congestion and stress and at the same time protecting the environment.
For these reasons, it is assumed that a RUF/MAXI-RUF system will be used by many riders.
For the following calculations, it is assumed that during peak hour the system is used at a level corresponding to 0.5 of its maximum capacity.