Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Rail Travel Advantages
- The other day I was cycling through town (Eugene,
Oregon) and a train came through town carrying 40-foot
van trailers from tractor-trailers on flatcars.
Curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped and counted
the trailers. Just how many tractor-trailers can a
train with two engines do the work of? There was 120
trailers. That is: one hundred and twenty.
--- Erik Sandblom <eriksandblom@...> wrote:
> --- 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 you
> > >between six and ten lanes of highway. And a lot
> of parking.
> > 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
> per hour.
> 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
> very hard.
> 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
> attitude that more freeways are somehow inevitable,
> and the timetable-
> and-seats approach is a very effective eye-opening
> medicine against
> that fatalism.
> 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
> Erik Sandblom
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