Friday, June 06, 2008

Transit of the Future???

If you use GMail, the ads that pop up in the margins, sort of thematically linked to what you're talking about, can be interesting, or at least amusing. While arranging to meet extended family in Berkeley, I was offered a link to a site to "Meet Goth Guys"; and I'm always getting links to baking-related sites when my wife and I talk about our cat, Nutmeg.

Anyway, while perusing transit related emails, www.alternatetransport.com popped up. It seems to be an attempt to marketize some ideas for high-speed cable tramways that were revealed at the Russian booth at a World's Fair.

I'm passing this along for entertainment purposes only (though I do think cable tramways deserve to be taken more seriously as a transit medium).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We were entertained by those G-Mail ad examples.

The riders in your illustration make better sense after we noticed that Anatoly Unitsky (the inventor) wears a tie at the wind tunnel. .../html/stu_images_23.html

Allie & Norm.

Logan said...

The aerial tramways that do exist are generally monorail-style tourist amusements, but I do find it very hard to argue with early 90's style graphical renderings. Very hard.

Alternate Transport said...

Hi,
I found your post and thought I would add a comment.
My name is Calvin and I am the VP Marketing for this transport system.
This transport system is gaining traction (sorry for the pun). We are in the process of raising capital to build a full-scale (5-mile) demonstration system.
We also doing feasability studies on several potential transport projects across the world.
The benefits of this system are that it can be built without government assistance (due to really low cost) and it is the most energy efficient transport system available.
If you want to see if our system would solve some of the transport problems in your area, you can contact us on our web site (www.alternatetransport.com) and we will investigate it for you.