10336Re: Rail Travel Advantages
- Jul 22, 2007--- In email@example.com, "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@...>
> Erik Sandblom said:
> >Now assume that the tracks are dedicated to commuter trains only.
> >Now we can run a train every five minutes, that's twelve trains
> >hour or 12 x 740 = 8880 seats per hour. For that capacity youneed
> >between six and ten lanes of highway. And a lot of parking.per hour.
> Actually, the comparison is even more favorable than that.
> Quoting myself in Carfree Cities:
> A single metro track can move more than 50,000 seated passengers
For the general public, a number like 50 000 passengers per hour is
hard to relate to. Many people will be unaware of what a big
contribution public transport is already making to their own cities,
here and now. To make that clear, it is very helpful to take the
existing timetable as a starting point. Anyone can verify a
timetable, and finding out the seating capacity of a train is not
Together with the two-second rule, it becomes very easy to explain
that public transport is already doing the work of several freeway
lanes, and can be expanded to do more. I often see a fatalistic
attitude that more freeways are somehow inevitable, and the timetable-
and-seats approach is a very effective eye-opening medicine against
Once eyes are open, you can show how huge, crazy and monstrous the
freeway projects most cities are being subjected to, really are. And
how significant and how real the choice really is. Otherwise people
will just say "it will never work in our city, it only works in
Exotic and Faraway Places because they are Different".
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