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Ok so I want to get people's opinion on this. What is the best route to go when it comes to transportation in America. Should we be focusing on alternative fuels for cars? Or should we begin to build mass transit systems such as bullet trains much like Europe and other countries? Or should it be a combination of both?
I personally think we should leave fuel development to private organizations but the government should build mass transit systems. The only negative side to a train system is it's somewhat vulnerability to terrorist attacks, but I think proper monitoring systems and common sense could prevent almost all terrorist attacks.
We all need to get our selves one of those Human Powered Vehicles like the one posted in the General Discussion. That way we loose weight, excercise to build muscle, and lower pollution in the country. To actually get to places, we should have a bus/train system.
I walk and ride my bike. Seriously, most people in larger cities, and even rural towns, could ride bicycles most of the time, to get to work and back if for nothing else. They'd save tons of money, prevent pollution, and get great exercise. Unless you need to drive a long distance (say, ten or more miles), or provide transport for your family, ride your bike. Bicycles for the win.
Although I voted for both, I think mass transit is the way to go if you live in a city. I live in a pretty big city (Buffalo, NY) and I can get anywhere by taking the metro or the bus. Alternative fuels may be better, but are a thing of the future with no real certain practical start in their use.
I'm lying when I say trust me
8th June 2004
Mass transit is the quicker, more effective way for now. Build light rail systems like the one in Houston in all large cities/areas, and make them use alternative, environmentally friendly fuels. Then in time, cars will do the same thing.
Master of RealityMass transit is the quicker, more effective way for now. Build light rail systems like the one in Housten in all large cities/areas, and make them use alternative, environmentally friendly fuels. Then in time, cars will do the same thing.
We already got a fairly good bus system here in Houston, but only in the downtown area. Downtown's also got a train system.
I would like to see alternative fuels and a actual affordable mass transit system.
I live in Indianapolis. We have no mass transit ssytem other than the Metro buses which all but stop after about 10PM.
We should have a subway system or more likely a elevated system like Chicago has to move people in and out of the suburbs.
Mass tranist and other fuels. It is impratical to build a mass transit system more than 20 miles outside of a city like Pittsburgh. After 20 miles it is all farm land and trees. I won't ride a packed train or bus. The savings is not worth the hassle of getting packed in like sandines.
We need a combination of alternative fuels and better engine technology. Fuels like hydrogen and ethanol would cut our dependence on the middle east. All the oil we would need for lubricants, plasic, and some fuel(gas will never go away) can be provided by our own oil supply. Making hydrogen is not hard. All you need is some water and an electic current. You get enough electicity you can build nuclear power plants. They are cheap, safe, and reliable.
You can improve the hybrids on the road already to be more effiecent. First thing, drop the batteries. They are heavy and offer poor enegry storage. Get some giant capicators insted. DC caps are light and charge up in a matter of a few seconds. Next, move to a 48volt system for all car electronics. 48 volts will give alot more juice than the 12 volt system now. Finally intrigate the electic motor into the drive train(such as turing the drive shaft into one long motor. That will allow for a less noticable motor, and will allow cars to shut off their engines at a stop, and start them up in a fraction of a second. The motor will be like a giant, 70 horsepower starter motor. In less than a second you can get the motor up to 1000rpm.
That won't happen unless you get policians with ties to oil out. They are making a killing off of the gas prices now.
Mass Transit is the way to go.
It is possible to build a sufficent MT-system, if you have good planners.
I pretend I'm cooler than AzH
3rd September 2005
mass transit and alternative fuels. mass transit suck as trams and subways in cities and trains going into the rural areas. and trains connecting our cities with trams to to get us to the train station. this way we dount need all the pollution from freeways and its faster because no traffic.