[quote=“Enigma”]Try emailing your U.S. representative. I recently tried. I tried Bam Bam and Micky. This was still while McClintock was running too. All I got back was that I had joined their particular political party. Nobody said, “Dude, your full of shit” I expected at least that. My suggestion: OK, Only forumosans will know of my great idea.
U.S. needs to put people back to work. It worked with the Hoover dam and it will work today. I suggest that the U.S. establish a grid of 4 East West Mag Lev trains combined with 6 north - south trains. All would follow as close as possible, the ROW that is already owned by DOT for our freeway system. The trains simply run above when possible. Double rails installed so that a single wide train can run while developing and later a double wide running on two sets of rails. Later, as the system grows the double wide could grow to double decker with each cabin holding 400 plus in comfort with attendant service and all the accomodations one would expect of first class air service. Energy supplied by rail beds line with solar panels and upright supports for the track holding wind generators. It would be more than energy self sufficient and would most likely provide energy back into the grid. Stations would connect with major airports and train stations for local transportation. No need to stop at stations becuase people would board a specific coach for their destination and computerized equipement would drop that coach at the correct destination and pick up onward bound coaches.
Imagine luggage all tucked into a separate coach follow 1/4 k back so security is not a problem. Easy board and exit. Freight containers hauled on similar trains intermittent with passenger trains. All fast and convenient.
Trades put back to work? Think about it. Concrete workers, mining, transportation and hauling, carpenters, furnishings, Boeing making 21st century coaches and every other supplier and craft trade that you can think of. All working and finding a reason to buy a house and save money. A hell of alot cheaper, in the long run, than 700 Billion that or great grandchildren will never be able keep up with.
Nobody listens. Maybe Palin! I haven’t tried to contact her yet and she seems to have some balls. Maybe.[/quote]
Mmm-Hmm. Sounds beautiful. I’m just sitting here trying to come up who all would be using this system. Sure, business guys-n-gals from all over would love it. Trouble is, there are a handful of high traffic business destinations and huge swaths of nothing in between. Now, if there were also decent public transport available at all destinations, and especially at the mostly nothing places in between, then I can see a lot of people using it to visit family or travel for interviews–whatever. But as is, this entire system would serve too small a percentage of the population to enable it to be more affordable than flying. Even so, your mag-lev system is oil free and that’s great, but who’s gonna build it when flight infrastructure is already in place and oil is back under $80 a barrel?
Also, from what I hear, the power grid in the US is out dated and might not even be able to handle large scale contributions from huge self efficiant energy producers such as your idea would be.
Unfortunatly, America has become a place where worst practices pay the best.
A lot of the folks who love the idea of off shore drilling for oil in US waters, in part because it will create jobs, would balk at their now fifteen year old sons going to work on an off shore rig five years from now.
I’m pretty dissapointed in my country these days.