Fast Rail Transport

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Thom I appreciate your view on improved transportation, but isn't the future and money better spent on automatic personal transport than expensive and niche large infrastructure changes. Wouldn't highly personal auto transport improve efficiency of costs and resources, reduce pollution, improve public safety, reduce congestion and the number of vehicles on the road. For example taxi costs would be dramatically reduced because of no driver wages and lower insurance costs.

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Gavin Heathcote

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Which costs more, a new automated freeway, or public light rail transit down the center of an existing one? 100 million new automated autos, or 20,000 new automated light rail trains?

Trains in Japan have no wheels. They use magnets. Cheap, cheap , cheap to operate....at 350 miles per hour. Technology exists to operate magnet trains at 4,000 miles per hour.. Put them in a tube for safety (almost like a subway) and you can get from point a to point b faster and cheaper than flying. What would we do with our antiquated airports?

Living in L.A. and meeting a friend for an extended lunch in N.Y. might be fun even though it would take about 30 minutes to get there..A shorter travel time than many take just going to work...or even getting to lunch at a favorite spot in their own city.

Of course, we'd probably have to give up our wars of choice for a year or so to pay for it..Not likely.

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