Friday 15 December 2017

CITY LAND FOOTPRINT AND ET3

According to the United Nations, by 2050 the population is supposed to soar to 9 billion, thus population growth and immigration are critical to a sustainable economy.

The question of the decade that faces us is whether we will live tall or live in sprawl — whether we grow while protecting nature rather than living in it. Only 50% of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States is generated by a mere 2% of its land mass. We are indeed blessed to have so much land to live upon.

New York City annually generates a staggering $1.5 billion per square mile of the country’s GDP. So with density comes prosperity, and prosperity should yield political power if used wisely for policies that address urban growth and change.

America needs trillions of dollars applied to fund our much-needed arising existing infrastructure problems. Should a fraction of this not be invested in a new transportation infrastructure? The egotistical ignoring of the true costs for roads, rails and airport runways are the subsidies that facilitate each as a continuous burden on taxpayers for generations to come.

The public voice for real urbanity and the new mobility infrastructure support needs are simply the vision necessary to grow into a prosperous future. After all are we not all generational contributors to continuous city building?

We tend to fight regulations that curb city centers and urban sprawl as well as prices for carbon capture concepts. The contentious debates arising about our environmental regulations and bureaucracy fixations are imperiling infrastructure development of all new forms. The requirement for “proof of concept” is unacceptable for new transportation futures.

Dense urban environments, supported by the right transportation, lead to lower health care costs, less dependence on foreign oil, less risk of environmental accidents, less global warming, and more competitiveness. It is with these criteria that ET3 should be seriously evaluated for America’s future leadership in transportation.

The much-touted $8 billion of stimulus funds for high-speed rail is negligible in terms of what is needed. Common estimates for high-speed rail in the northeast corridor run $25-$30 billion. Little of vision can come of this approach – no true high-speed rail, no new power generation, and no densification of our sprawling, anonymous national landscape.

More subsidized roadways, highways, “freeways”, railways and airport runways must be far more clearly understood – such as the capital bonding and time issues and tax transfers made for application. No more mortgage deductions, and no more free rides at the gas pump. People should have to and do pay for the congestion, the pollution, and the health care problems that they themselves create.

The proportional land footprint for all these “beds for rubber tire travel modes” when weighed against urban facility footprints amount to almost 40% of the present urban footprint. Consider the following assets of ET3. ET3 needs only 1/20th the material to build the tubeways for people and goods. ET3 capacity exceeds that of a 40 lane freeway. ET3 can be built for 1/10th the cost of high speed rail, or 1/4th the cost of a freeway.ET3 capsule weight per unit of length is less than 1/15th that of a train. Most of all ET3 uses a fraction of the land footprint when compared with our existing methods of getting around.

In conclusion ET3 is small and definitely beautiful. The scale, size, components, weight all go together to provide a human and cargo containment utilizing reduced factors of material resources. This affords minimum costs and increases the comfort of travel by reducing time with increased speed from point to point with less consumption of energy.

Graham Kaye-Eddie
M.U.D. 600 words 11/10/2011

One Comment

  1. Maeda says:

    That is a great milestone! Have fun at the sales. I kind of love and feel a liltte ashamed that we Americans turn any random holiday into an excuse for a sale–and that I like it that way :).

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