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Great -- we will buy that bridge!
An $20k automobile with 5 seats = $4k/seat. HSR (high speed rail) costs $60k/seat. A 747 jet costs $462k/seat. The 6 seat ET3 capsules (not a train) can be mass produced using 1/8th as much material as an automobile, and cost even less on a per seat basis. HSR must be elevated for safety and air-blast issues. Elevated double track must withstand the mass of two 100 ton locomotives passing each other. Elevated double tube ET3 infrastructure must bear the weight of two 1200lb capsules for only a little over a ton of live-load. For this reason ET3 guideway requires 1/35th as much material to build as HSR infrastructure. Tubes are produced using automated equipment for much less labor cost per mile than all the "false work" needed to assemble and unassembled forms for making HSR. Detailed cost comparisons have been done between ET3 and maglev trains, ask for the spreadsheet by sending an e-mail to: et3 (at symbol) et3 (dot) com.
Posted by Daryl Oster