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MULTIMODAL TRANPORTATION

MULTIMODAL TRANPORTATION

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PLANNING CONCEPT OF MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS...IS IT A DEAD ISSUE?...THE PRICE OF OIL IS FINALLY GOING UP; THE PUBLIC FUNDED INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM SEEMS CLOGGED WITH VASTLY INCREASED NUMBERS OF PLEASURE VEHICLES, AND COMMERCIAL TRUCKING...AMTRAK IS STILL FORCED TO BEG USE OF PRIVATELY OWNED FREIGHT RAILBEDS, AND DEREGULATION OF THE FREIGHT LINES HAS RESULTED IN THOUSANDS OF ABANDONED RAIL LINES....THE US HAS EXPENSIVE AND INADEQUATE RAIL PASSENGER TRANSPORT.. AIR TRANSPORT IS INCREASING DAILY ...ADDITIONAL LANES TO THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM CAN ONLY ALLOW MARGINAL INCREASES TO THE TRAFFIC VOLUME CARRYING CAPACITIES OF THE PUBLIC ROAD SYSTEMS....HIGH SPEED LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS GENERALLY CANT GET TO BID STAGES BEFORE FUNDS ARE CUT...MONORAIL, AND MAGLEV ARE EVIDENTLY STILL TOO ESOTERIC TO OBTAIN MUCH PUBLIC SUPPORT
...IT LOOKS TO ME THAT WE ARE HEADED FOR A DIFFERENT VERSION OF THE 1974 ENERGY CRUNCH TRANSPORT WISE IN THE NEXT 10 -15 YEARS.

ANY HOPE OF AVERTING ANOTHER CRUNCH IN THIS TIMEFRAME?

RE: MULTIMODAL TRANPORTATION

I am not an expert in the feild of MultiModal transport, however I beleive that as far as rail freight is concerned it seems that the main impediment for transfering to rail is that road haulage is much cheaper. And because of that the government has to take certain measures in order to provide a cheaper service by using rail freight since this will have a positive influence on the environment, on the roads (less cogestion and less accidents) and even on the economy as a whole.

RE: MULTIMODAL TRANPORTATION

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revisit to my earlier comment/query...looks like we might now be close to a another 1974-75 fuel crunch again....i think that a balanced transport system needs a public funded/operated /maintained railbed for a modern light rail transport system that would run roughly parallel to and possibly (as required) within the same ROW as the interstate highway system. We need to settle on a gage width, design geometry standards and design loading requirements for a hi speed system ...just accomplishing this would require a lot of effort...hopefully our fed and states DOT's have been addressing this over the past 25 years to a degree that political agreement for  a rational set of standards could be arrived at rapidly if it is not already accomplished. The existing private rail system could then truly be deregulated and allowed to pursue what ever actions of delivering freight and raw materials the country require.       

A standard for the rail bed design and construction need to be settled upon and the prototype  connections funded and initiated...

With the recent advent of the new hi strength fibre reinforced concrete trechnology ...the need to keep our domestic steel production alive and the current (abundant and relatively cheap)  availability of necessary  metallurgical coal  in this country for making high strength steels  we need to get moving before conditions change for the worse.
sorry about the soap box but i really think we need a separate rail transport system analogous to the national interstate  defense highway system..........................    

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