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I am as much of a train enthusiast ("foamer") as anybody, but honestly I think self-driving electric cars are going to be the future of transportation. Rail infrastructure is expensive for low density situations, and trains are not as flexible in routing and scheduling as smaller vehicles. Cars can be owned or leased or rented by trip (taxi), and can deal with a wide range of operating conditions.

Congestion can be reduced by a control system that mandates multiple passengers per vehicle. Streetcars or busses make sense downtown, but not even in suburbs, let along rural areas.

by asdf on Thu Jan 31st, 2019 at 01:51:06 AM EST
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 31st, 2019 at 01:52:58 AM EST
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Of course. There are already plenty of examples of self-driving rail transit systems.
by asdf on Thu Jan 31st, 2019 at 02:02:31 AM EST
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