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Individual Rail Transport Initiative


We are a small initiative that uses existing techniques to present ideas that can be implemented.

Here the traffic sector is considered, with all its facets.

 

The initiative would like to shift the individual traffic in the field of car traffic and truck traffic to the railways and thereby improve and optimize the technology and the benefits considerably.

We can improve safety, speed, comfort and, above all, environmental impact.

 

This leads directly to the ideas:


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.


Here you can find both sides:


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 deal with resources that easily, we will not save the planet.

 

There is space above all traffic routes, a lot of space that we can use. We don't always have to seal new areas. Additional highways or railway lines can be built over highways. There are already some double-deck bridges, e.g. the Oresund Bridge Denmark / Sweden and the Moselle Bridge in Alf-Bullay, both are for railways and roads. The George Washington Bridge has 8 vehicle lanes at the top and 6 vehicle lanes at the bottom. With houses it is natural to go up, so why not also with streets or train tracks. These areas are mostly publicly owned and could be used more easily than buying and building new routes and routes.

We already have sufficient underground experience with the subways in many cities, although it is much more complex and difficult.

There have long been very large bridges, including those with a large span:

 

Danyang – Kunshan high-speed line Beijing – Shanghai Longest bridge since 2011, 164.8 km.

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



The car

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