Get There Faster by Moving Slower

When proximity power is working because the city has been converted to it’s most workable size, we will spend less time and energy getting to our destinations.  Many times, compared to automobile centric, grid cities, we can arrive at our destination sooner using slower transit systems.  Elevators, bicycles, and gravity ramps are examples of these slower systems. 

Get There Faster by Going Faster

High speed super buses, magnetic levitation trains that go 300+ mph, helicopters, and aircraft are among the transit options for speedy travel. 






Super Buses

Super buses capable of 150+ mph may be common in the linear cities of the future.  When the roads are very straight with gentle curves, high speed bus travel becomes possible.  These express buses only make a few stops along their normal route circuit.  Usually, these stops would be at major exchangeways (explained below in the maglev train info).

Magnetic Levitation Trains

These trains are capable of speeds in excess of 300 mph.  There are working trains in Germany, China, the United States, and Japan and more are being built everyday. 

These trains are quiet, can climb very steep grades, and can be retrofit onto cities without the kind of expense building a subway entails.

In the future, it may be common to see mag-lev trains entering buildings to pick up passengers.

Imagine riding 20’ or more above the landscape and having a scenic view of your surroundings!

click on this link to read more about magnetic levitation trains in linear cities.

Magnetic Levitation Trains


Helicopter landing platforms will be common on the roofs of buildings in linear cities.  Helicopters  will be essential for moving injured people to the hospital. When your destination is a certain optimal distance away, helicopters can get you there faster than the maglevs or airplanes can.   This is because one of the most fundamental reasons for building linear cities is working here i.e. --point A to point B travel.

Gravity Ramps

Since cross town roads only occur every 4 or 5 miles, there needs to be alternate ways of moving across the city.  In addition to the park loop buses and underground glide-walks that traverse the mile wide park zone, where the city population is great enough, we build gravity ramp transit systems.

Gravity ramps are much more than roller coaster transit systems.  They can be a conduit for moving energy, power generators using solar photovoltaic arrays as roofing, cascading, terraced, flower gardens, water transport systems, as well as a thing of beauty for the eye to behold.

The principle is simple, take an elevator up to the ramp, get in a free wheeling vehicle and roll downhill for as much as mile or so to get across the park zone.  Your return trip can be accomplished the same way or you can exercise your option to walk, ride a bicycle or take any of the other transit systems. 

Since the energy to operate these ramps is incremental and very predictable, they help engineers plan sustainable energy systems.  *****

We may be seeing ever more need for disaster relief for large populations in the future.  Many people have been made suddenly homeless by natural disasters and human caused problems.  Tower Towns can be a way of helping people made homeless have a place to live.


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