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quote:Originally posted by Karen W.Man that sounds complicated for what could have been a much shorter trip! We don't have underground rail here. Train, amtrack is an option grey hound bus lines, in california anyways Taxis Planes etc.. Surpisingly enough, there are many privte pilots around here and we see much transpotation being done through the air.. We had the first crash in several years a couple weeks ago on the hill just above the preschool the man was killed .. small little puddle jumper.. Very sad! We are limited to buses taxi's and private vehicles as we don't have train service between Eureka arcata Blue Lake and Mc Kinleyville!!
quote:Originally posted by NewBillPerhaps I read the comments above too quickly but I did not see, what is to me the obvious answers as to why people don't use public transport.Public transportation is close often crowded, uncomfortable, usually smelly not just bad smells but overwhelming smells of all sorts, too hot, too cold, too slow ... and so on. And we don't have to use it.It's not all bad. When I chose to bicycle commute and gave up parking privileges and so on, public transportation keeps me out there in uncomfortable weather. It is during bad weather that public transportation is the worst.
quote:The fix? In the cities. Individual units that hook up and are powered by stationary power sources like embedded rails. Consumption is metered and and the vehicle when detached has only enough power to get to a parking destination and back to the public rails again. Larger bus like units could ride the rails for those who chose not to have individual units. Public transportation corridors which would be all dense transportation networks, and would not be available to independently powered units. In the sub urban communities, tugs could be employed to get the buses and individual units to the rails. Such technology has been spec'd out in many parts of the world.It just makes no sense to have vehicles which transport the fuel and their own bulk for hundreds of kilometers. A unit getting its power from a rail and traveling entrained can be so much lighter and safer and ultimately faster. The vehicle's bulk is further reduced because such a vehicle need not crash another vehicle. Alternate energies are far more efficient when they energy source is stationary and only the energy is transmitted. Stationary fuel cells for instance.Let me have my own small space and have some control over my capsule's environment and I would be happy on the public rail. And I'll pay a lot for it too.
quote:Originally posted by VAlibrarianAs an American living in Virginia, I believe there is another reason why public transit is lacking here. Really there is no public transportation in my local area. Some politicians are very hostile towards it. Have you ever heard a Republican say anything good about any form of transportation other than air or car? I have not. They do suggest that we can eventually replace gasoline with alcohol or hydrogen, but they do not like the idea of asking people to make the sacrifice of giving up the individual convenience of the car for something that works on someone else's schedule. They are willing to spend billions of dollars on highway construction, but not a dime on bus, train, or subway service. We are not yet serious about possible solutions to our petroleum addiction. Those solutions are not necesarilly going to be cheaper and more convenient than what we have now, but we are eventually going to have to do them anyway. Or maybe we could all have rocket sleds that work by magic if we wish hard enough.chris wiegard