No matter how fast a high-speed train travels, it still has to slow down to 0 mph to pick up additional passengers. That problem has been solved by a designer who dreamed up a way for high-speed local trams to catch up to those speedster trains, picking up and dropping off passengers without requiring the express train to stop.
Designer Paul Priestman of UK-based Priestmangoode puts it succinctly in the video below: “Moving platforms is a new concept to allow people to travel from their street to another street in another city in another country by train without stopping.”
If you think about it, this is a problem that needed to be solved long ago. You’ve probably noticed that trains (and buses, too) waste a lot of time slowing down, pulling into stations, waiting to pick up and drop off passengers, and then speeding back up again. But with this idea, high-speed trains might be able to keep on rolling indefinitely, while those feeder “trams” do all the slowing down and speeding up.
Priestman adds, “I’m under no illusion this is a big idea. But we have to think big. The world is going to a be a very different place in 10 to 20 years’ time and we have to think of alternative ways of travel.”
Listen to Priestman talking about problems with our current transportation infrastructure and the way his new train feeder system could revolutionize rail travel like the Internet revolutionized communication:
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