Originally contributed as a response to a call for public comments by The Office of the Secretary of Transportation through the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council. Regulations.gov Docket (DOT-OST-2022-0016).

Comment from Arctic Circle IP Corporation: April 10, 2022

Dear Secretary Buttigieg,

People have built the transit networks which provide the supplies for our daily lives. Our world was developed over many communities across this planet, over long periods of time, and in different areas. Globalization continues to this day, and I hope for it to bring many benefits to future generations. Our communities may feel closer yet be more dispersed, deliveries may become faster for the same routes, and our reach may then extend farther to new routes and new communities.

In our United States, we benefit from the prescience and fortitude to have built the Interstate Highway System across the country, where there was once only dust. Now under consideration by the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council and the public are transportation solutions that will impact our lives and those of our descendants well into the future. We are present here as a result of daily work, and farsighted decisions towards an interconnected future for all. Most Americans experience ongoing traffic challenges, which result in time lost for every individual and us all in aggregate. Logistical issues experienced throughout the ongoing COVID pandemic reinforce the need to provide durable and scalable solutions that benefit public safety as well as industry. Trade and commercial production is key to jobs, which results in tense politics and complex negotiations. From farm to table, our international supply chain endeavors to provide for all of our lives, while the capacity and sustainability of the system is in question.

Development initiatives have been established around the world to form common cause surrounding our infrastructure and how we interact with our built and natural environments, such as: the Priority List for Emergency & National Security Projects, National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges, X Prize Foundation Competitions, World Economic Forum’s Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For our transportation technologies of the future, options include maglev rail, hypersonic flight, hyperloop, and other systems proposed to operate above and below the sea. Railways are open to the elements most of the time, hypersonic vehicles may be limited by density and safety, and hyperloop networks can be built with thousands of kilometers of steel and concrete. The provision of human needs across the world is subject to material cost and physical limitations, land use, megaproject development costs, time taken to deploy international solutions, and consensus over what bridges we should build. Any proposed solution to transport needs would need to provide capability and scalability across this time of workforce reskilling, rapid automation, variable weather and climate change. Development costs need to be accessible to any country that seeks to build out their trade routes, if we are to connect the world over the land and sea.

Imagine if we could sequester carbon dioxide and more directly meet our transport needs. Steel and concrete are costly building materials, and international logistic solutions require networks spanning thousands of kilometers. The Interstate Highway System, along with other advances in transport during the rapid industrialization of America, brought the standard of living we experience today. We have many comforts, but at the same time, every metropolis experiences traffic, accidents easily ripple across the supply chain, the Bering Strait has long been reclaimed by the sea, and many seem content to wait another day. There is no easy solution. Highways with 16 lanes still get congested, trains continue to get longer, wait times for security may be longer than the trips, and the weather continues to have unpredictable impacts. To unload a container ship holding 20,000 containers in an 8-hour workday requires a rate of 42 shipping containers per minute. Transportation planning is converging towards network analysis. We are striving just to get all of our things in time, worldwide.

I have a mission to better integrate our transit networks and the built environment. I hope that I can contribute to the emerging transportation technologies of the future. Arctic Circle IP Corporation is patent pending for transporting shipping containers using magnetic levitation. Over 70% of Earth is covered by oceans, and the ecology of the ocean provides for human economy. Magnetic levitation features propulsion without combustion, economies of scale, and properties in sync with the natural world. Solid carbon dioxide features favorable material phases, structural integrity, and climate mitigation in one potential building material. Transportation nodes and networks need to be extensible and scalable, because we build for needs and families.

Innovations in American mobility can serve as models for interconnectedness across the world. NASA’s Global Climate Change website shows how one gigaton of ice can fit on Manhattan. Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technologies can help to provide the links between industrial production and supply chain infrastructure. Environmental justice calls on us to become better stewards of our home. We can remediate our past lifecycle emissions and make the right decisions for our descendants. Imagine if we could visit every country on Earth with ease. Infrastructure is a collaborative development. From farm to table, from factory to store, we can find a better way.

 

All the best,
Roger Yang

Founder, Arctic Circle IP Corporation
https://www.arcticcircleip.com/