Earthquakes?

The most successful vehicle in the world is not the automobile. It is the bicycle. Please prove this is more than just a scam by answering a fundamental safety issue- how will you address earthquakes and other shifts in earths plate? If this technology is viable than why is California and new York opting to build high speed trains?

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" The most successful vehicle in the world is not the automobile. It is the bicycle. Please prove this is more than just a scam by answering a fundamental safety issue- how will you address earthquakes and other shifts in earths plate? If this technology is viable than why is California and new York opting to build high speed trains? "

Answer:

While the bicycle is very successful, the evidence we rely on indicates that the number of passenger miles and ton miles by bike is less than for automobiles.  Roads (and bikes), and High-Speed-Rail (HSR) are not designed to address earthquakes and other shifts in earth's plates.  Roads, HSR (and bikes) are not usually considered to be scams (but HSR often is).  All transportation modes are prone to earthquake damage.  Fortunately earthquakes account for less than 0.01% of transportation related death and property loss.   Earthquake mitigation is possible (and planed and designed) for ET3 however earthquake mitigation is not considered to be "a fundamental safety issue" for ET3 or any other mode of travel.  Earthquake risk applies to everything (not just transportation) every building is at risk.  Even ships at sea, and aircraft must eventually land, and the airport runway can be destroyed just as any plane is landing. 

The fundamental safety issues for most modes (including ET3) are: control of the vehicle (automation is proven to be orders of magnitude improvement over manual control), and control of the conditions of travel (the tube offers isolation from all but the most violent forces in nature).  Human error is the number one contributor to transportation death rate.  Other fundamental transportation safety issues are weather issues (fog, rain, snow, ice, etc,); animals or other objects in the path of travel; and mechanical failure (flat tires, broken tie-rods, engine stall, etc.).

As far as CA and NY considering HSR -- the powerful rail industry spends millions of dollars in the lobbies of government to ensure that politicians continue to forcibly take $billions from tax payers.  If trains were as wonderful as claimed by the rail lobby, why is it that passenger train's 90% market share for US intercity travel in 1910 has now declined to less than 0.6% of the US passenger miles?  The only reason that passenger trains (once private) continue to survive is due to gross government subsidy.

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