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So i was riding the light rail into work today at the college and for some odd reason I asked my self, what if i didn't have to come to the train , what if the train came to me? How would that work? Here is what i came up with. First of all we scrap the whole train car idea and we use extra long buses, like the ones you see in large cities with huge mass transit programs. The we take those buses and we equip them with drop down railroad wheels (like the ones on the service vehicles) and the raising power masts to connect into the light rail power grid. Then after it picks you up at the normal bus stop it takes you over to the rail station and it connects onto the existing rail line and drives at high speeds to the next station with no traffic just like the train does. Then once it reaches it's jump station it gets off the tracks adjusts it's equipment and rolls along like a regular bus again. It has both the advantages of high speed no traffic travel of the train and the more accessibility of the bus. Now i just need to run it by my transportation teacher and give it a name like train-bus or Bustrain or maybe B.Strain or just Strain


3 responses to "Mass transit"

  1. Dan On January 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Al, I heart and miss you. My ideas for this question both have an awesome factor of about 15.

    First I suggest engineers get off their lazy, money making keisters, and finally get around to inventing Star Wars-esque speeders. I would love to tell you that I'm meeting you at the rendezvous point on Tatooine and mean it.

    My second suggestion, so as not to inconvenience you with having to drive and fuel the vehicle is bring in the on tracks, Jurassic Park jeeps for everyone. That way, not only are you getting to work on time, but you have a jeep filled with awesome road flairs and nightvision binoculars. And perhaps to make things interesting, a T-rex can roam about the city, attacking said jeeps. Then you could call into work "T-rexed" and give yourself a day off.

    Just some ideas

  2. Ginny On January 24, 2008 at 6:46 AM

    That mind...ever going eh Alann! You were always our great planner. I think they are trying to agree on a light rail here in KC.

  3. Anonymous On January 26, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Maybe you should patent your idea before someone "borrows" it and makes a gazillion dollars on it?