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Will more use mass transportation through improved 19th century technology- fixed rail or 21st century technology- smart road grid system?
The success of mass transportation is determined how many people use it and how the transportation affects the environment. A majority of people are in favor of mass transportation for other people to use but are not that keen on using it every day in their own lives.
The current government transportation goal is to spend $50 million on fixed rail high speed trains. Would it be better to spend money on developing a standard for a smart road grid system in which scientists and designers could develop smart vehicles, smart parking, smart traffic signals,smart traffic lanes, metered by demand toll roads, buses, linked vehicle cabins, hybrid car-trains where at any train stop cars could decouple and go on individual route.
One of the main attributes of mass transportation is that it cuts down on pollution. Does fixed -rail become less desirable if a smart road grid system is more successful in reducing total pollution per all passenger miles.
Should the future of U.S. transportation be fixed -rail because of the past success of fixed -rail in Europe?
The average speed of high speed trains is only 50% faster than train speeds in the early 1930s. How much more improvement can we expect in the speed and efficiency of trains in the future?
Can self driving cars closely spaced reach the same 124 mph average speeds on designated uninterrupted stretches. Do cars become virtual trains if traveling in a designated group?
Once 50 billion dollars is spent on fixed- rail high speed trains does that pretty much finish the conversation on mass transportation for 50 years?
Is it better to force people to use mass transportation through regulations or is it better to entice people to use mass transportation by providing a better transportation system?
Is it better to plan all future development around fixed rail or is it better to plan future mass transit around evolving development?
These are some of the issues to consider when determining the future of mass transit