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Reading this makes me think of the question of evacuating carfree cities in a similar situation, which makes me think of two more things:
1) Watching the French empty Place de la Bastille of 1,000,000 parade watchers in about half an hour using only hte Metro (no one was allowed to drive or even walk out),
and 2) Japanese bullet trains carrying 2,000 passengers each, operating at *5 minute* headways--which is routine in for them.
Seems to me that well-designed carfree cities, using current technology and practices, could do a much better job of disaster evacuation (assuming they were ever built in below-sea-levelswamps in the first place) than the mess described in this story.
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> -----Original Message-----Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) (see intro below) is a far better tool for
> From: rickrise@... via NOLA.com [mailto:rickrise@...]
> Richard says:
> Reading this makes me think of the question of evacuating carfree cities
> in a similar situation, which makes me think of two more things:
> 1) Watching the French empty Place de la Bastille of 1,000,000 parade
> watchers in about half an hour using only hte Metro (no one was allowed to
> drive or even walk out),
> and 2) Japanese bullet trains carrying 2,000 passengers each, operating at
> *5 minute* headways--which is routine in for them.
> Seems to me that well-designed carfree cities, using current technology
> and practices, could do a much better job of disaster evacuation (assuming
> they were ever built in below-sea-levelswamps in the first place) than the
> mess described in this story.
evacuation (no pun intended) than cars and buss, trains, or planes because
* Lower cost (ETT is 1/4 the cost of a 4 lane highway, 1/10 the cost of a
* The capacity of one ETT tube with a 350mph design speed (172,000 p/hour)
is the same as 10 lanes of freeway, or 6 rail lines.
* The speed of ETT is consistent regardless of demand.
* Unlike cars and planes, ETT operates in any weather conditions without
slowing (like 10 inches/hour rain).
* Unlike rail, ETT capacity is distributed over as many as several hundred
* Car sized ETT vehicles operate on demand, not on a schedule.
* Compared with trains, ETT power and energy needs are less than 1/50th as
much per passenger-mile.
* ETT can use any form of renewable energy, like wind power.
* ETT is achievable with highly proven off-the-shelf components and
(c) 2004 all rights reserved. ETT, et3, MoPod, "space travel on earth"
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Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) is a new kind of transportation system that
requires less than two percent of the energy of cars or planes; it is also
much safer and faster. Any individual or company may profit by
participating in the plan to implement ETT.
The earth has been traveling around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour longer
than recorded history; yet no energy is used because there is no friction in
space. It is impractical to travel in orbit; so ETT works by creating space
like travel conditions on the ground. Air is permanently removed from 2
tubes (one for each direction) along a travel route; so travel takes place
without air resistance. Pressurized passenger capsules (like a 6 person biz
jet cabin), travel in the tubes on nearly frictionless Maglev. Airlocks
allow access without admitting air to the tubes. Linear electric motors
accelerate the capsules. During most of the trip the capsules coast; using
no power. When the capsules brake, linear generators recover most of the
electrical energy used to accelerate the capsules.
Riding ETT will be like traveling in a silent airplane in a semi-reclined
position, perhaps watching a movie. The ride will be smoother than any
luxury car or airplane, and not in chaotic traffic conditions or 6 miles
above the ground. Depending on distance traveled ETT speed can easily be up
to 350 mph for trips between neighborhoods or towns, to 4,000 mph for
international travel that would take you from DC to Beijing in 2 hours at
about a tenth the cost of airfare. "Free" travel could be possible if you
watch ads en route.
ETT can be networked as are interstate highways, SUV sized capsules will be
able to travel non-stop anywhere in the ETT network. Unlike trains, the ETT
system uses passive switching that does not limit the frequency of vehicles
in the tubes. You wouldnt have to waste time to get to an airport
several smaller terminals can be disbursed where they are needed. Unlike
cars and planes, automated ETT virtually eliminates the chances of
collision. Instead of waiting for a scheduled train or plane the ETT
capsules wait for passengers. ETT runs continuously in any weather, so you
travel whenever you want to; without consulting the weather report. The
MoPod is a hybrid vehicle small enough to fit inside of an ETT capsule, yet
able to carry 2 people on local streets and highways while getting 200mpg.
Drive you personal MoPod from your house to the ETT station in a few
minutes. Drive the MoPod directly into an ETT capsule to make a 100 mile
commute in less than a half hour.
Constructing a highway or railroad causes twenty times more environmental
damage as building ETT. ETT needs much less materials to support 1200lb
vehicles, than are required to support 200ton trains. ETT is compatible
with mountains, and wetlands, and will not contribute to storm runoff like
pavement. Wildlife can migrate unobstructed and will never be killed by
ETT. The lifespan is long, and per tube capacity is high (can exceed 80
lanes of traffic), so waste and cost is low. ETT can use renewable,
non-polluting energy like wind, or hydroelectric so ETT is sustainable
without reliance on fossil fuels or hydrogen that is costly and wasteful to
Using serial processes, it took cars 14 years to supersede horses. Now,
people demand faster change; so many companies in electronics and software
industries collaborate in parallel to bring technologies more complex than
ETT to market in months instead of years. These "parallel" methods can be
used for ETT implementation. Many companies have already spent billions
developing ETT; although they may not be aware of it yet! For instance,
hundreds of companies worldwide make and install pipelines (tubes), vacuum
pumps, and the electronics to operate them. Everything exists to start
building ETT now, mostly with off-the-shelf parts.
ETT development can take place using "open source" or chaordic methods but
with ownership incentive. The ETT Patent is assigned to et3.com Inc. (et3
stands for Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies), an open cooperative
collaboration. An inclusive license agreement offers incentives to
companies or individuals capable of producing parts, or providing services,
required for ETT implementation. You or your company can collaborate in
parallel with others, using the et3.com websites to plan and build ETT
systems using off-the-shelf materials, assets, parts, technologies,
skills, and production capacities.
ETT infrastructure cost is less than 10% of the cost of high-speed rail
(HSR). Unlike HSR, ETT can pay it's own way through user fees that are
lower cost than buss fare. Because of opportunity for profitable operation,
ETT may be built without taxation. A simple 350mph ETT system will cost a
quarter the amount of an interstate highway. The capacity will be 8 times
greater. ETT is the only sustainable transportation technology that offers
a global improvement in lifestyle, and is currently achievable. We must act
now, energy experts believe global oil production will peak within 10 years,
and reliance on import oil is the nation's biggest security risk.