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For some reason, or other’s, the Transportation Ministry decided that the greater Tel Aviv area in Israel is in dire needs for a reform of it’s public transportation system. And they are right. Public transportation is, to put it mildly, catastrophic. The reform took off at the beginning of July 2011 and it is bound to fail. As of now, in the second week, it is not heard that it brought much improvement to the situation compared to before. Strangely enough, the media does not cover the process after the initial shock. But the Ha’aretz news paper made some valid points  about the lack of vital parts to make the reform a success. Citation from Ha’aretz, 5. July 2011:

“Transportation experts who did the precise and expensive feasibility tests in Tel Aviv decided that only a sophisticated mass transit system integrating a subway to a bus system running along dedicated lanes in the city, with efficient connections to a suburban train and beyond, can resolve the transportation problems of metropolitan Tel Aviv.” (1)

With no word taxis are mentioned as an integral part of the public transportation. That’s because taxis are a matter of luxury. They are much too expensive to be used on a regular basis. No wonder, since taxis are cars not built for the city but are intended for long distance traveling. To travel in high speed and in great comfort. The investment and the costs of maintenance of such cars are high and therefore the fare is accordingly high. The advantage of taxis is the that they are not bound to certain routes and have no timetable.

As can be seen from the aforementioned citation the mindset of the planners of public transportation is to see the big picture and to ignore the potential of the little units in the system. Taxis can be an integral part of the individualization of public transportation. Of course this won’t happen as long as the fares are prohibitively expensive.

A solution would be to build special ULCV – Ultra Light City Vehicles (2) to be part of the public transportation. We, at Nesseq, have introduced this idea from the beginning of our website. In the meantime Mendeley.com (3) mentions something similar. The difference is, that the ULCV mentioned in Mendeley are supposed to drive with a top speed of  95 or 80 kilometer per hour. The question arises, what warrants such a high speed, since the speed limit in the city is 50 kilometers per hour? The task of a UCLV is not just to be a part of public transportation but also to save energy. The faster a UCLV goes the more energy is needed to move the vehicle. The faster it goes the sturdier it must be built, which means it becomes heavier. This must be so, because in case of an accident the safety cell must be stronger. More energy and resources are needed. The ULCV should between the electric cart shown in the picture above and the electric cars shown in the article in the New York Times, June 10. 2011 (4). Something like an electric Rikshaw for 3 people with a chassis, a closed body, so the ULCV can be used in every weather conditions.

We, at Nesseq, are glad that also other people beginn to see the merits of the ULCV. The ULCV should become the taxi of the future. It would save energy, it would lessen the strain on the streets, it would create many jobs and it would give everyone of us the chance to enjoy the individualized public transportation!

 

For further reading:

1. Tel Aviv Public Transportation

2. Ultra Light City Vehicles

3. Ultra Light City Cars

4. Electro Cars NYTimes

 

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  1. Jayvee

    Heck yeah this is eaxctly what I needed.

  2. Roxie Adkisson

    knowledge is power

  3. Mira

    Holy cconsie data batman. Lol!

  4. Etty

    Now we know who the senislbe one is here. Great post!

  5. Diet Guy

    nice post. was good to read

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