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Individual Rail Transport Initiative


We are a small initiative that presents feasible ideas using existing techniques.

Here we look at the transport sector, with all its facets.

 

We make our

1. motorised car traffic climate-neutral, accident-free and more comfortable

2. make lorries faster on the rail than on the road

3. make public transport as easy as driving a car

 

It's not easy, we hope all questions can be answered, but feel free to ask.


We humans are strange:

we have solved millions of problems perfectly and economically,

we have perfected our health, provided our lives with a lot of luxury and much more besides.

 

But we just leave some things behind and ignore them:

our planet,

although we could do it differently, of course we can,

but can and do are two different things.


Everyone knows that the cars no longer have a future because the price is too high, regardless of the engine.

 

Everyone knows that cars no longer have a future, because the price is too high, regardless of the drive.

 

The car costs a lot of lives,

in 2021, there were about 2,600 traffic fatalities in Germany,

worldwide there were 1.35 million traffic fatalities according to the WHO.

 

furthermore fine dust is produced, tire abrasion, traffic wastes energy, produces exhaust gases,

needs an enormous amount of sealed surfaces, has a bad environmental balance during production

needs in the cities many roads, parking lots and much more.

For a benefit of only about one hour per day.

Foot and bicycle traffic have hardly any space.

All of our transportation is well over 100 years old and has changed very little, from a climate perspective.

 

Approximately 80% of our streets are 2 lanes with parking lanes and small sidewalks that get clogged with trash cans 3 times a week. There is hardly a solution for safe pedestrian traffic and more bicycle traffic.

It's time to charge the environmental damage to transportation systems.

But here is a solution:



Here you can find both sides:


There is now this invitation to tender, it contains all the requirements for a replacement of the car and, if you read it carefully, offers much more comfort and safety.

The transport of trucks is also possible in the system, even today's trucks with diesel engines can drive climate-neutral, faster and safer within the system.



What is the overshoot day:

 

There is Earth Overshoot Day, or the overload day by which a year's resources are used up. But it is recalculated every year, i.e. on 01.01. everything is back to zero, but is it correct? Of course not.

We have been using too much since 1970, in 1970 it was 2 days, in 2021 it will be 155 days, so far it is 4,801 days, so we are using the resources from 2034 today.

 

JM 12/25/2021



If you look at all the tickets that are available in Europe and their validity, range and timetables, and then at the many APPs for public transport, you can only feel sick.

 

Every public transport company has its own thing,

its own tickets, its own egoistic timetables and vehicles, its own vending machines or APPs, its own ranges and limits and much more. 

 

And we customers, or should we say annoying users, have to put up with it because everyone has built up their power and because there are no alternatives, to the detriment of our environment.

One argument is that not everyone has a mobile phone, yes, that's true, but who can operate all these machines and who knows where they are and where the stops are that take me to my destination. 

 

In contrast, once I have a driving licence, I buy a car with a navigation system and I can drive without limits at any time, even in the middle of the night, even in rural areas. Of course, there are still many costs, but the use of the car is in clear contrast to the use of public transport.

With the car, everything is quite simple

and

with public transport, everything is complicated, cumbersome and often inaccessible.

 

It's time to make tickets as easy as with your own car.

Get in and drive off.


Why not get in the air? (An old slogan)

When asked, "why was a railway line not taken into account when building the new A40 Rhine bridge?" Came the answer, "the railway is responsible for that." Whether the railroad tracks are built next to it or over it is not important. At that time, foundations for an extension were built at the Köhlband Bridge in Hamburg, far-sighted!

Now it is being demolished.

 

If we treat resources so simply, we will not save the planet.

In 2021, we will already be using the resources of 2034 (see above).

 

There is space above all traffic routes, plenty of space that we can use. We don't always have to seal new areas. More motorways can be built over motorways, or railway lines. There are already some double-decker bridges, e.g. the Öresund Bridge Denmark / Sweden and the Moselle Bridge in Alf-Bullay, both are for n railways and roads. The George Washington Bridge has 8 lanes for cars on top and 6 lanes for cars on the bottom. With houses it is natural to go up in height, so why not with roads or railway tracks. These areas are mostly owned by the public sector and could be used more easily than buying and building new lines and tracks.

Underground, we already have enough experience with the underground railways in many cities, although it is much more complicated and difficult.

There have been very large bridges with long spans for a long time:

Danyang-Kunshan Expressway Beijing-Shanghai Longest bridge since 2011, 164.8 km.

 

Longest pier in the world: Hong Kong-Macau | autozeitung.de



The car

Images: IStock

Everyone is struggling to change our great achievement, the free-moving (not the autonomous without a driver) car. Propulsion is the big problem we need to address. It does not matter which drive it is, whether gasoline, diesel, electric drive, hydrogen or other. It is always the great weight that we have to take with us. The drive is always laboriously manufactured and over time requires care and repair.

 

The following factors of active operation must be taken into account:

  • Human control while driving (traffic fatalities, seriously injured, slightly injured and property damage),
  • The goal (the distance)
  •  The resulting emissions
  •  The parking space (parking garages, street parking spaces (e.g. at football stadiums)
  •  The streets, highways,
  •  The resources for the production of the vehicles,
  •  The cost of insurance, inspections and refueling,
  •  Recycling at the end of the car cycle,
  •  Usage time per day (approx. 1 hour),
  •   approx. 80 kg are moved with approx. 1.5 to vehicles.


The alternatives

 

 

 

There have been alternatives for a long time, but all of them have major disadvantages compared to the car.

 

Here are the relevant points:

  1.      No acquisition of property,
  2.      Public transport is not our personal space,
  3.      Way to the stop,
  4.      Staying in narrow spaces of the vehicles,
  5.      Note the timetable,
  6.      no real comfort,

just to point out a few caveats. Everyone has for themselves and a few more.



Is there a traffic turnaround with electric or hydrogen cars?

Here is an extreme example, so many square meters just for cars:

 

With electric or hydrogen vehicles, this traffic jam wouldn't be much better.



Our wish for "my" private transport:

  •      your own car,
  •      Comfort in the car,
  •      without changing from the front door to the destination,
  •      fast,
  •      without traffic jam,
  •      Climate neutral,
  •      many bike paths,
  •      good footpaths,
  •      green roads,
  •      less accidents,
  •      not looking for a parking space,
  •      habitable and playable streets,
  •      no cars parked on the streets
  •      barrier-free car
  •      maybe: no longer drive yourself (autonomously),
  •      But definitely not public transport, i.e. buses or trains that are. . . . (everyone knows).

We know the quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

 

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up men to get wood, assign tasks and divide the work, but teach the men to long for the wide, endless sea."

 

A wonderful paraphrase of the idea that a vision is needed in life in order to strive for the very big goals. So also in politics.


Should you find any errors, we are grateful for any hint.

Sorry it's just a google translation