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franceFrance building 5 new high speed rail lines for $15.6 billion

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France has approved 13.4 billion euros of investment into five new high-speed rail TGV lines. They will make the buildout over the next five years. This is an increase of 40% over the previous five-year high-speed rail budget. The …

electricityCost effective proposal for rail in California and from Boston to Washington

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Significant improvements to the trip times of the San Diego to Los Angeles rail connection could be affordably made. Alon Levy is a public transportation expert and writer at Pedestrian Observations. He described what could be done for California and …

chinaCould a China-South Korea to Europe rail connection be used to buy off North Korea?

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Like China, South Korea has used and plans to use high-speed rail for economic development. South Korea and China both have plans to create high-speed rail and cargo links to Europe. The South Korea connection would require rail lines through …

economic impactSubways and light rail cost two to seven times more to build in the USA than Europe or Japan

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Brian M. Rosenthal of the New York Times lists the causes of the $2.6 billion per mile New York subway construction. Excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York. At …

agingReinventing the wheel, robots, drones and transportation with the Revolve Foldable wheel

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Revolve has a groundbreaking innovation – the foldable wheel. The foldable wheel including a double hub, a rim with rubberized sectors, and spokes pivotly connecting each hub with the sectors of the rim. The sectors of the rim can be …

economyA multi-decade economic boom

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There was a long period of stronger productivity growth from 1917 to 1973 driven by low-cost oil and increasing usage of cars and more efficient factories. We are entering a new period of stronger productivity growth from energy cheaper than …

batteriesTesla semi truck coming 2019 and when platooning almost half the cost per mile

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Tesla electric semi-truck will begin production in 2019. * capable of hauling 80,000 pounds * 500-600 mile range between charging. 500 mile range with maximum cargo. * the truck gets the Enhanced Autopilot features that let it drive itself on …

flying carsUberAir flying cars coming to Los Angeles in 2020

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Uber says that by 2020 they will be testing a few flying cars in Los Angeles and a real commercial flying car service will follow a few years later. Uber Elevate and UberAir are the names of the service they …

bikesBike Sharing, ride sharing and carpooling services will benefit from no growth in cars in Singapore

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Singapore will lower the vehicle growth rate from the current 0.25% per annum to 0% with effect from February 2018 for COE Categories A, B and D. The existing vehicle growth rate of 0.25% per annum for Category C will …

carsWorldwide ridesharing at $285 billion per year by 2030 will be profitable when self driving

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A recent Goldman Sachs study projected that the worldwide ride-sharing market could grow eight-fold by the year 2030, reaching $285 billion annually. Currently ridesharing is about $36 billion. Right now, they estimate the global taxi market is worth $108 billion, …