# The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us?

1. Jul 16, 2012

### jarroe

The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us???

Why will Americans never fully take to rail? Because we are adventurers by nature. The people that came to this Country had adventure in their blood. We like our cars, and we like em big and fast. So then I tell you Rail is the future?

3. Aug 1, 2012

### drrail

Re: The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us???

I could see high speed trains that moved cars as a potential transport alternative in the future? A high speed train that people could drive their cars onto locked into place and transported at high speed to the destination.

Does anyone know the weight/load capacity of high speed trains (electromagnetic) with regards to if it could actually carry a 'load' of cars/trucks and maintain a reasonable speed say greater than 200 kph (124 mph)?

4. Aug 6, 2012

### brhmechanic

Re: The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us???

I could maybe see high speed freight transportation as a successor to long distance highway travel, sort of like a high speed boat ferry... but without the boat and the water. But for small distances, is it really practical for high-speed above-ground traffic with the possibility of pedestrians somehow falling onto the tracks?

5. Aug 6, 2012

### turbo

Re: The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us???

The US may never go to better rail coverage. I shouldn't say "never", but the deck is stacked against us. It would be fantastic to have a more expansive net of rail lines and hubs, but much of the US is rural, and passenger rail isn't looking too profitable.

6. Aug 6, 2012

### phinds

Re: The future of the automotive industry and transport in the us???

This is economically nonsensical and will never happen. Well, OK, I agree w/ turbo that "never" is a dangerous word. Let's say it's extraordinarily unlikely to ever happen, although some kind of mass transit, much better than what we have not, is likely in the fairly distant future.