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(Future Structure)   In this episode of Things That Are Totally Doable But Will Never Happen: Citywide personal rapid transit maglev pods   ( divider line
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2014-07-24 05:11:15 PM  
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way south: It could happen but: Infrastructure costs money.
There needs to be a shift in priorities for things like this to happen.

Two shifts, unfortunately, are needed. First, we have to decide that spending on infrastructure at all is a worthy endeavor. We used yo be there, but aren't there any more. Second, we have to decide that some of that spending should go to legitimately new stuff, rather than patching and expanding our 150 year old system.

Since the US is the most conservative (and therefore change averse) of the big rich developed countries, we'll probably never to wait for someone else to do it first. Can't be European countries though, since we are instinctively opposed to anything they do.
2014-07-24 03:58:00 PM  
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altside: et3

ET3 is a big nothingburger. They've gotten a bit of momentum by pretending to be associated with Musk's Hyperloop concept (even though he explicitly cited them as a bad idea) but at the end of the day they still have the same broken idea they have had for twenty years.

Just to give you an idea of how dumb the guys pushing it are, they think that the "no funding for infrastructure ever" libertarians opposing the California "high speed" rail effort are good allies.
2014-07-24 01:22:46 PM  
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The project would cost 20 billion dollars for a 50 mile run of rail:
- 3 billion for acquiring property rights
- 2 billion for the maglev track
- 2 billion for the pods
- 1 billion for transit facilities and HQ
- 2 billion for lawyers
- 10 billion for political bribes and corruption

It would take 20 years to complete the initial 5 mile run of tracks.
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