Re: [carfree_cities] transport question
- There is a funny(sic) project at hand in the Detroit-Windsor area, where the
two existing rail tunnels would be turned into truck only tunnels and a new
rail tunnel (single track) is to be built beside it.
>From: Richard Risemberg <rickrise@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] transport question
>Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 21:04:22 -0700
>Forget the Big-Dig style tunnel. Propose a rail tunnel NOW; have it
>built, as roads are, at public expense; have it open to whatever rail
>entities you may have in Canada, or, better yet, have it open to all
>container companies at nominal cost (by which I mean nearly free), with
>shuttle trains operated by the government. The payback would then be
>the benefit to the community and the money saved on future road
>The tunnel should begin in a staging area in the midst of your factory
>locations and end in a similar area in the US. Any cross-border
>paperwork and inspections should take place in the staging areas, which,
>being plazas rather than roads, could have multiple entrances and
>processing stations, all easily policed. Containers, or even entire
>trucks, are easy to load onto railcars with large motorized claws that
>grab the container and muscle it onto the train in about 15 seconds. I
>have watched these at work in LA. (Trailers loaded with finished cars
>would require different treatment, or the cars could simply be driven
>from the factories and onto the trains, as they are for ship transport.)
>By emphasizing that the government would be paying itself profit in the
>form of physcial and social health and reduced public expendituresm
>rather than in cash, you could justify building something like this.
>That's what they did in promoting the Alameda Corridor in LA, which has
>as its primary purpose congestion and smog reduction.
>Chris Holt wrote:
> > I have a question for this list on a topic that is plaguing my
> > community right now. It is one that deals with the entire way that
> > Canadian (as others) move their goods around. Yes, the almighty
> > transport truck.
> > So what do we do in the interm? We realize that long term we must
> > reevaluate the ways in which we trade and move goods, but what do we
> > do right now to quell the diesel fumes we're currently filtering
> > through our lungs? Build a staging area outside the city where the
> > trucks can queue until they're able to cross? Build a tunnel
> > (a-la-Boston's Big Dig) and then convert it to rail when the need
> > permits? Anything we proposed cannot contribute any more to our
> > long-term reliance on this mode of transport.
>"Until you stop looking for simple answers, you will not be happy. You
>will not even be human."
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