The Evolution of Transport

Jesse H. Ausubel and Cesare Marchetti

Abstract

Travel benefits from orientation-fixed points by which to navigate. Our aim is to provide some fixed points derived from a technical analysis of transport systems that enables us to understand past travel and prepare for the future. Along the way, the lunacy of popular ideas such as car pooling, telecommuting, and the revival of traditional railroads will become clear. Instead, we offer something far more beautiful: a transport system emitting zero pollutants and sparing the surface landscape, while people on average range hundreds of kilometers daily on a system of "green" mobility.

This paper appeared in the April/May 2001 issue of the magazine The Industrial Physicist, on pages 20-24.

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See also:

Toward Green Mobility, the Evolution of Transport, which appeared in the journal The European Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, 137-156 (1998).

Keywords: Transportation, Magnetically levitated trains (Maglevs).

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