The Prospect Of A National Subway System……

August 15th 2018 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”

– Subways Across America? – 

I haven’t invested in Tesla because of their proposed, “self driving cars.”

How do you feel about putting your life in the hands of an Ai chauffeur? And what are the implications of, “self driving vehicles,” moving forward?

Which is to say, how will Tesla’s self driving cars operate through; rain, snow, or ice? And why not trains? Furthermore, while I understand that train tracks often corrode… typically leaving subways in a constant state of maintenance… why not center mass transit around bullet trains, as opposed to self driving cars? (*Bullet trains can operate on magnets which then create less friction, in turn lowering the costs of re-occurring maintenance.) Also, what’s the difference between automated cars, vehicles that will likely end up snailing along icy roads anyway, perhaps at 10mph due to legal liability, as opposed to trains which can operate much faster, particularly in adverse weather conditions? Which is ultimately why I believe that a national train system could be more cost effective than automated vehicles.

Nevertheless, this issue falls into a larger spectrum of debates… immersed in political corruption, particularly regarding, “highway pork spending,” for the better part of a century. (*Online traffic leads to sales and seeing how people fight over internet traffic today, I can only imagine what happened in the 1950’s.) Whereby today, in retrospect… America’s mass transit system, perhaps more than any other issue… encapsulates micro-economies and the sort of iron triangle politics connected to Detroit automakers and Petroleum imports, for decades.

Simply put, I don’t want to speculate on the history of America’s transit system…. but…… “why go away from trains, in the first place?” And I wonder why that change initially occurred because Petroleum imports alone seem to more than double the costs of a nation-wide train system, even if that train system required heavy maintenance.

Statistical Reference Link: (In 2017, the United States imported approximately 10.14 million barrels of petroleum per day (MMb/d) from about 84 countries. Petroleum includes; crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and bio-fuels including ethanol and bio-diesel. Oct 3, 2018.) 

So, as opposed to modernized, “automated vehicles,” why not build trains instead? And is funding, or track maintenance, really the issue…?

But again, being 32 years old, growing up in (suburban) Detroit, hearing the rumors surrounding the auto industry for decades… I can merely speculate.

Regardless, I actually believe… that unknown political powers are seeking to keep the masses divided by intentionally creating a flawed mass transit system. Furthermore, in my opinion the real reason that we don’t have a nation-wide subway system and instead rely on automobiles… is due to corruption. Also, I believe that our state and federal governments refuse to build larger train systems because of politicized school zones.

In conclusion, I believe that our leaders recognize the need for a nation-wide subway system, yet refuse to build one. In fact, Cincinnati has an abandoned subway system, that’s been half built for 40 years. Furthermore, I also believe that many Washington bureaucrats are aware of the advantages a nationwide subway system presents, however, I also believe that these same leaders refuse to allow the poor (*in most states) access to public transit. Nevertheless, this assumption is based on the excessively high costs of Petroleum imports… versus the need for subways, moving forward and how it feels like were going to be stuck with automated vehicles, anyway.

-William Larsen, Civilians News