Friday 15 December 2017


The present economic troubles found amongst us living in local villages, towns and cities is our implicit reliance upon a private/public partnership to raise private property land value appreciation over a time period for the common good. However due to imprudent corporate/government borrowing and spending over the years our expectations of these “leadership” entities, has caused great uncertainty for future transportation and settlement building.

Private/public thought entering into this digital information age of computers, Internet and gadgets has pressed us all into a never-ending flow of assessment as to what is meaningful information. Individual evaluation confronted with volumes of data analysis has become exceedingly difficult to distinguish the virtual from reality. Without prognosis and synthesis the trend directs socio/cultural advance backwards rather than forwards. This does not help one to find truth and understanding for a probable future. This posture also ignores the opportunity to bring into fruition a new transportation methodology to support peaceful and practical settlements.

Transportation principles encourage free flows of things as is found in Nature. One can sight valid historical examples of private/public collaboration. Only when this insight enters the minds of the populace at large will aspirations for better human movement and settlement be accomplished. These facts are shared below. It is a wholesome VISION that has energized and created this Republic. It is not dreams. The inventing, making and building of things creates jobs. Without a national vision beyond a “fix it” attitude to what we have in place, no fresh new transportation methodologies that require infrastructure can be created. A new performance transportation system is the essential core foundation for advancing civilization.

The Erie Canal was founded under President J. Q. Adams  – Governor DeWitt Clinton in 1825 broke ground of the waterway for floating cargo. Largely recreational boats now utilize this canal system.

Map of Eerie Canal

  Map of Eerie Canal

The Energy Resource Conversion – (Coal mouth Hydroelectric and others) began in 1882 under President Arthur with electrical transmission lines that have delivered power nationwide..  Our transmission grid network is failing to serve our growing population demands for power with intermittent “brownouts”. – History

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  New York City Streets in 1890

The Cross Continental Railway – Congress 1862 and 1867 President Lincoln and President A. Johnson helped open up unpopulated interior regions of our continent to exploration and settlement that would not otherwise have been feasible. In many cases they also formed the backbones of cross-country passenger and freight transportation networks. The road network expansion to date is unsustainable. This has created unaffordable maintenance and operation costs.

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Transcontinental railroads in an near the United  States (1887)

The Commercial Airline Industry  – formed under duration of President T. Roosevelt – Since the birth of flight in 1903, air travel has emerged as a crucial means of transportation for people and products. In 1919, a plane flew from London to Paris. The historic flight of Charles Lindbergh in 1927 excited the imagination of many who dared to dream of regular flights across the vast expanse of Atlantic Ocean.  Pan American finally inaugurated the world’s first transatlantic passenger service on June 28, 1939, between New York and Marseilles, France, and on July 8 1939 between New York and Southampton. The airline industry as a whole has made a cumulative loss during its 100-year history, once the costs include subsidies for aircraft development and airport construction.


Map of scheduled airline traffic in 2009.

The War Effort  – in the United States, especially during President Wilson – World War I (1915) and under the duration of F.D. Roosevelt – World War II. created change. (1940) In politics and military planning, a war effort refers to a coordinated mobilization of society’s resources—both industrial and human—towards the support of a military force.  These national actions united a diverse population with a common goal that forged great advances in manufacturing of transportation industries for land, air and ocean crafts. This also created suburban settlements.

Rosie the Riveter

Interstate Highway system  – formation under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, (1956) has grown exponentially. As of 2010, it had a total length of 47,182 miles. This network system has contributed in shaping the United States into a world economic superpower and a highly industrialized nation. Today the failing roadway and bridge infrastructure needs repair that cannot be adequately sustained  on the backs of the driving publics.

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Interstate Highways in the 48 contiguous States

The Moon Exploration  – was Cold War-inspired “space race” and “moon race” between the Soviet Union and the United States of America accelerated with a focus on the Moon. U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1961) proposed the national goal of landing a man on the Moon. However the transfer of this knowledge to civil projects has been limited. The corporate/government collusion in research and development has greatly advanced the military complex.

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Landing map of Apollo Surveyor and Luna missions

Half a century has passed with a comfort level of denial that Americans cannot do better for transportation and settlement development patterns. The lineage of Nine Presidents (L.B. Johnson, Nixon,Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama) serving Americans during this period have each in turn ignored the opportunity of founding a new way to create more worthwhile citizen jobs. The consumption of fossil fuels that drive all of our transportation systems serving cities needs to be seriously reexamined. All our current means of travel are constricting our population’s liberties of free movement. It is also seriously impeding citizen health. What’s more we are exporting our current movement and settlement patterns to the rest of the world. This might seem to be correct in the realization of a global economy. However is the export of these realities morally responsible when one can do better? New transportation methodology and settlements are paramount for balancing our collective lives on this planet.

Future mobility changes must offer flows that are faster than the Pony Express. The past movement progression has involved many technology inventions to support infrastructure developments and has kept many people busy.  The manufacturing of these technical objects brings visions into reality.  Each in turn caused a demand for human intellect and skill. The logistics of finding and dispatching essential natural resources requires the implementation processes to transport action to and from places. The basic driving force innate to mankind is the insatiable need to have technologies adopted to transform the carrying of goods and people to points of interest faster and safer than on foot. Thus new transportation technology methodologies  will open markets unseen and un-heard-of before – bringing unheralded transactions. Utilizing new forms of mobility on land, water, ocean, air and outer space should tender better travel and shipping capabilities worldwide. Such patterns will advance commerce exchanges and trade practices with the conquest of distance by means of greater speed.

The secondary and tertiary impacts for job creation are gained for example in small rural settlement beginnings, expanding into towns and great cities. City building location takes advantage of Natures abundant resources to both import people and export materials, Application of intellect and skill for active conversion, application and implementation of policy, design and finance to create communities for enhancing social and living environments is paramount. These actions have spurned incremental improvements in many fields of endeavor for mobility pathways, and adjacent land areas given to agriculture and settlements. Each village town and city serves a unique purpose for human needs, and is permanently linked to Nature. These connections have and will advance manufacturing processes of products to reach populations near and far.

The mobility results we all aspire to requires serious collective decisions to be made toward placing a new clean, safe, energy efficient and environmental benign transportation methodology into service for humanity. There are such transportation systems that have secretly advanced since inception.  One such technology has been denied implementation by a compliment of status quo forces fearful of its potential for the magnitude of change it represents.

Magnetic levitation has created additive technical knowledge required for a successful transportation methodology implementation. With the passage of time magnetic levitation has made significant incremental improvements.

Many Patents have been granted to inventors from the early 1900’s to recent 2010’s .

Maglev development in the 1940’s occurred in Birmingham England; in America by James Powell and Gordon Danby in Florida (1968); by Transrapid in Hamburg Germany (1979); and in Japan (1985). Testing tracks have been developed in San Diego California; Elmsland Germany; Japan; Jiaotong University China, Beijing and Daejeon, South Korea.

Although Maglev in the USA has Federal Government acknowledgement, the advance has adopted a snails pace in a framework of fear that status quo leadership action would disrupt present movement/setttlement patterns.  

The Federal Transportation Authority has demonstrated some projects such as found in Maryland, and Colorado and funded advances in California, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Massachusetts, Powder Springs Georgia, Santa Barbara California, and Florida.

Proposals for adopting Maglev have been made in Sydney and Melbourne, for a link between London and Glasgow, United Kingdom; Japan, Venezuela, China, India, Puerto Rico; five projects in the United States; Germany; Switzerland and Indonesia.

Although there are only two commercial operational systems that exist in Japan – Linimo and Shanghai China, why do we not find an operating Maglev system in America?

There is something radically wrong with this picture in the United States. Have our current fears limited advancing technological elements into an integrated Maglev system? Maybe it is a lack of a holistic view of what is the best way to bring this technology to fruition. One thing is clear that until there is a general acceptance by the many competitive generators of Maglev technologies the potential capability will stall because of a lack of common standards.

The greatest promise is for Evacuated Tubes to come to the foreground. This aspect has the potential to increase speed and efficiency greatly from point to point. When common acknowledgement of the fact that most of the energy for conventional Maglev trains is lost in air drag amongst many other economic considerations will future expectations evolve. Maybe only then will proper action take place between Maglev proponents when communicated with an enlightened Corporate/Government to gain an effective partnership.

The inadequate communication skill sets to reach leadership regarding future transportation will continue to be a force to contend with in realizing a fantastic new pathway to create peace amongst sovereign nations.

Graham Kaye-Eddie M.U.D.        9/12/2012      1702 words

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