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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:01:41 AM

Anwar Farooq has some out-there ideas, the product of his background as an electrical engineer, before he ever became a high school math teacher in Los Angeles...

His most recent patented invention, though, tops them all in eyebrow-raising ambition. Farooq has been designing his own transit system, a scheme that looks both futuristic and antiquated, one that would try to eliminate traffic congestion from our highways while still accommodating the car. He has invented, in essence, a train-ferry. For car commuters.

The Rapid Commute system, as he calls it, would enable long-distance car commuters to hop aboard a train instead – while still bringing their personal vehicles with them. Drivers already similarly use ferries to cross waterways. So why not deploy the same concept, ...
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:41:39 AM

Decades ago, it took only a little over an hour to commute from Victorville into LA.... now it is double that... and a perfect choice for using train/cars
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:39:40 AM

And it would be a good choice for those commuting from the high desert or distant portions of Riverside County....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:37:31 AM

Still it would be nice to see this plan developed.... for long commuters as well as very long trips... here in the US
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:34:58 AM

Yeah, that's pretty out there.
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:03:35 AM

What happens if your car breaks down while parked on the train? Now you've got to pay return fare just to get your disabled vehicle home so it can be repaired.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:46:04 AM

good concept but not practical.
Anty57
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:54:18 PM

not bad!
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:52:24 PM

Good idea, but tracks keep disappearing.
highdesertman
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:49:11 PM

Amtrak's AutoTrain from near Washington, DC to Florida is one of their most popular long-distance trains. The concept might work for commuters but the key will be a short loading/unloading time for the cars.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:02:08 PM

Actually, the concept has been used for about 50 years in Europe. The only thing that might be different in the method of loading and off-loading...
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:04:30 PM

It may work, it may not, but it's at least worth looking at. I can think of several scenarios as to why an urban commuter would want his car: for instance, going to the grocery store after work, traveling after work in the opposite direction of home, staying late, etc. - and it's not that much more expensive than parking in those dense, highly populated areas. (Of course, you'd have to have a high enough income to afford that to begin with.)
schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:25:14 PM

Great idea.
07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:50:51 AM

Nice for cross country travel but for a daily commute it doesn't seem very practicle.
BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:26:04 AM

Skunk63 wrote:

"Nice theory. But it won't ever work."

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Same thing they told Thomas Edison
BobBG
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:19:16 AM

It has potential.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:35:29 AM

try selling that idea
Skunk63
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:26:53 AM

Nice theory. But it won't ever work.
beachd8
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:04:42 AM

I know people who might be interested in this for the commute between Riverside / San Bernardino County and OC. How long would loading & disembarking take? The project will never happen if TSA gets involved.

Why do people need their cars at work? Some of us have jobs that require personal cars be available because we leave the office during the day. Also, public transit is often many miles away from work, leaving people stranded for the last 5 to 10 miles.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:54:37 AM

I like the idea.
angel4me
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:47:38 AM

interesting......
jbhubbell
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:42:09 AM

There is no way that would ever save time or money unless the freeway was closed and by then the car train has already gone out of business.
AVKZ
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:34:33 AM

Price could be an issue.
MrGasKGB
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:30:38 AM

I'm Ready. "All Aboard!"
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:29:55 AM

Interesting,
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:27:50 AM

One unknown is the loading and unloading. Would transportation allow the drive on, drive off like a ferry without chaining the vehicles to the rail car? What about the track provisions at each end to allow a quick loading and unloading without having a lot of time spent in switching a long set of cars into shorter groups for unloading?

It's is an interesting concept. Perhaps we could see someone try and experiment with a 20 car train set with a single level to start seeing what the issues may be.
ddor
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:25:57 AM

Ok
alex395
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:25:24 AM

Assumption being that you need your car when you get to work. That would be because.....
lcleveland
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:21:52 AM

sounds good what price???
GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:21:04 AM

I used a system like this called the "Auto Train" back in the 1970's to get from Washington DC to Florida. Not sure it will work for short hauls as the on-load and off-load process was time consuming.
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:16:23 AM

Sounds like a good idea to me.
BIGALRPH
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:12:05 AM

I would try it.
W4YAH
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:09:37 AM

Cool idea!!
SSwathwood
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:04:51 AM

Interesting, but does the on loading and off loading take to long?
amoshins
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:03:51 AM

Cool - the only other public transportation for the car I can remember is having Amtrak take you & your car to Florida..Not sure if they still offer that service.
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