For decades, local governments have been trying to get people to drive transit more. Relieving congestion, reducing the need for parking spaces and reducing pollution are all major goals that a decent public transport system can go a long way towards solving. Although life is at stake, these considerations must take the back seat. As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, transit riding fell sharply for time in cities around the world. There is a need for a new public transport – flexible, efficient, affordable and able to transport as many passengers as planes and trains do, but at the same time avoid large crowds. Such transport complexes are designed, manufactured and maintained by Unitsky String Technologies, Inc.
Putting dozens or hundreds of people in a cramped space is just not a good idea when a deadly disease spreads. So cities faced a “damn if you do; cursed if you do not ”with death and disease on the one hand and congestion and pollution on the other.
After going so long without a major pandemic, the economy and many governments were not ready, and ended up stuck with this election. Economies of scale, convenience of large vehicles in transit systems and other factors provided the benefit of putting a large number of people all in the same train, metro car or bus. This left cities with the choice of polluting cars or virus-spreading transit.
It’s time to look at more flexible systems we can use to roll with the blows the next time a global pandemic comes through. Sure, the one we are experiencing at the moment is still underway, but improving transit systems takes years or decades, so now is still the time.
A great alternative we have seen is offered by Unitsky String Technologies, Inc. or UST. Instead of offering a “one size fits all” transport vehicle, they built with capacity flexibility in mind from the start.
Instead of laying inconvenient, expensive rails on the ground, UST’s “string rail” system is designed to have a minimal soil footprint in cities. The track structure of the vehicles hangs over the top of existing infrastructure, minimizing surface impact and construction costs. This also gives it an advantage over underground systems as it does not require expensive and disruptive tunnels (even at The Boring Company’s prices this is not cheap).
Using “leash” rails, vehicles of all sizes – from those serving individuals and small groups, to more traditional ones with seating for dozens of people – are all available. The ability to put many different vehicles on the rails also allows for freight transport, deliveries and other uses of the system, so it can do much more than pull passengers.
It is worth noting that the complex, given its small capacity capability, still provides a traffic flow comparable to a metro system (up to 50,000 people / hour). The adaptation to passenger traffic can also be carried out not only through multi-vehicles running on the line, but also simply through an increase in the number of vehicles moving in an electronic clutch.
In some cities, this system would also be better for the needs of passengers. Instead of jumping from one track or state to another and waiting for inflexible transit plans and routes, cities could program the system to give riders an experience closer to a car in terms of flexibility and speed.
All this means that a UST string rail system would be ready for the next pandemic. Flexibility in routes, planning and seating (larger vehicles can be easily replaced with smaller ones) allows a city to quickly change their system to minimize disease spread. It is also easier to avoid large crowds waiting at stations for the next car, leading to even less spread of diseases.
Keeping the vehicles off the ground has several other important benefits. First, some pathogens tend to spread more at street level, leading to the need to spray streets and sidewalks with bactericidal chemicals. Outdoor platforms outside the street have a great advantage here, which enables better handling of pathogens, both during and between pandemics.
Second, in nearly two years, COVID-19 claimed the lives of about four million people. In the same time frame, about three million people died in car accidents, and another 20 million became disabled in car accidents. Large-scale introduction of string transport can solve this problem. The UST complexes are as safe as possible because the vehicles move above the ground.
Third, climate change is flooding many cities, both on and off the coast. Rising sea levels, more severe storms and other extremes lead to many floods, all of which can adversely affect transportation systems on and underground. For example, in New York there are expensive floods in the subway not the exception, but the occasional norm. Moving infrastructure above street level keeps it out of harm’s way and makes a city’s transit system more resilient to climate change.
Learn more about the benefits of string transport at Expo 2020, which started in Dubai on the 1stst October 2021 (the exhibition name is preserved from 2020). Unitsky String Technologies is part of this international event. The company’s stand is located in the Belarusian pavilion. UST also invites readers to visit the uSky Center in Sharjah. You can not only see the operational transport there, but also test drive it!
This article was supported by Unitsky String Technologies.
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