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Our Transportation System

I have chosen to give this state an underground transport system for the following reasons:
1)          Such a system does not interfere with the autonomy of the various villages and hamlets above ground.
2)          Such a system allows everyone to easily retreat underground - should something go horribly wrong above ground.
4)          This underground system can carry all our service facilities as well (water, electricity and communications).
5)          This system can be very efficient in its use of energy.
6)          The system can be very fast, efficient and reliable.
7)          The system will only require 2 m wide tunnels and, if you do all the sums, the system only needs 2 m of tunnel per person. So this system will not cost too much to build.

Given the fact that you have already seen where all the underground stations are, you can probably guess most of the other details of the system yourself. But here I will give my particular solution to all the various problems.

The vehicles, which use this system, will be small electric cars (as shown in the pictures). Each vehicle will hold 4 people (2 in the front and 2 at the back). These small vehicles will not have doors, windows or roofs at all. So they will be a little like the dodgems at a circus. A person will simply step over the side-wall and sit down in a seat.

          Each car will operate automatically. A user will just press their destination station number and the vehicle will do the rest (so these cars will not have steering wheels or accelerator pedals either). A central computer would mostly run this simple system.
But each vehicle would, of course, have an emergency button. If something went wrong, then the user would press this button. This action would immediately put the user in voice contact with a person in the control centre. And this control person would direct the car to take the appropriate action. So this system can be quite safe.
          The control centre would always know precisely where every car was located (there would be a huge plan in the control room showing every tunnel, station and where every car was). Then control centre could instruct an unused car at one station to move to another station. So the control centre could adjust the number of spare cars at every station. Normally each station should have 3 or 4 spare cars waiting (like a taxi rank). But, if this number grew too high or too low, then the control centre would give instructions for some unused cars to move appropriately to another station with less waiting cars.






The following pictures show how the various tunnels link the village centres to the town loop of stations. I only show a quarter of the general picture, because the other quarters are roughly the same.









          In the diagram of the village arms, I show the two directions of tunnels are close together. I do this for safety reasons. Ever 50 m or so in these tunnels, I assume there will be a small alcove linking the two directions of the tunnels. Then, if a car breaks down, the other tunnel can be used to get access to this broken-down vehicle.
          But in the town centre the two directions tunnels are much further apart. This is because on this loop there are many more stations. So any broken down cars can be accessed from the nearest station. So alcoves are no longer necessary. And, when you look at the adjacent loop station picture, you can see it is more convenient to keep the two tunnels well apart.
          The next little picture shows how the village lines link onto the town centre lines.







It is time we looked at the tunnel arrangement picture in a little more detail.
          At the bottom of the tunnel I have put the various service pipes and cables, because the cars will not use this region.
          I have put the electric power contacts for the cars in a place where people won't normally touch. So people shouldn't electrocute themselves. These power guides can be used to direct the car's automatic guidance system.
          These cars will use pneumatic tyres, because this system always gives a much better ride.
          I calculate that this total system would need about 2,000 cars. So there would be just one car for 50 people. So this expense would not be high.
          There must be other kinds of cars to carry freight, invalids and items like this.

I love working out good efficient transport systems, so there are many more details I could give you. If you study these various pictures here very carefully then you could understand some of these further details. But this booklet is about going out into space - and not about the details of efficient transport system. So I have to curb my enthusiam for this subject here.

You ought to now read about this state's "Money and Finance" system.


You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "The Ultimate Ascent" (which introduces these webpages),

or "A Path to Create a Full Space Colony", (which introduces the coming webpages in more detail).


Updated on 14/11/2016.