It is time for us to realize that our present transportation system is a dinosaur creating its own tar pit. The automobile has actually passed its practical limits. The noise and pollution due to it have all but made our cities unbearable. And the precious time in our lives is wasted more and more each day as we wait in insane traffic jams. Conventional rail and mass transit is no better. The noise remains, traffic jams become people jams, and worse, we are robbed of our individual freedom and privacy, for we are not a mass-oriented people.
So what is the answer?
PMT Vision includes computer controlled travel in small 6 (eventually 1-24) - passenger vehicles suspended below a fixed maglev monorail with nonstop, origin to destination service. Short, branching tracks will allow passengers to board and exit at their individual destinations, by-passing any intermediate stops (unlike mass-transit systems).
Also incorporated into this system will be once developed GM plans for trans-pallets allowing travelers to drive their cars onto a magnetically levitated pallet carrying them across country for use at their destination.
PMT can begin as basic connecting lines between downtown stations, major shopping and entertainment centers, office cities, industrial centers, trade schools, universities, airports, beaches, parks and existing mass transit stations.
As a component and modularly constructed system, PMT can expand (as moneys become available) to neighborhoods, suburbs, and in the distant future to individual home and apartment parking spaces, and even through fast food drive-thru's.
Eventually, even multi-modal vehicles equipped to exit and travel by their own means can (and should) be built. GM, Ford,
These multi-modal vehicles can even be autonomously driven off-grid by artificial intelligence software now being developed by Google: http://www.myconnectedcar.com/telematics/google-prius-autonomous-driving/
PMTworld: Even large off-track vehicles (CarbonFiberConstructionPlugInHybridFlexFuel preferred) may travel on PMT TransPallets cross-country; & EVENTUALLY, there will be AmphibiousMultiModal PMT vehicles.
Perhaps some day our grandchildren may take boat rides in amphibious ski boats with "T"-roofs; then drive into a PMT entry station and travel suspended from a maglev monorail to their homes, their vehicles eventually docking into the side of their homes.
In addition, safety and true relief from transportation related global warming effects are the overwhelmingly desirable elements inherent in a PMT system.
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