ET3 and Poverty

ET3 and Poverty

What could convenient affordable transportation do for poverty? Provide a means to completely eradicate it.

               I am sure there are a number of reasons why poverty exist, drought, famine, war, sickness, laziness, over population, lack of knowledge, and/or the rest of the world just passed them by. It does not matter if the poverty exists in Somalia, the Appalachians, India, suburbs of any city, or where ever, they all have the same characteristics, i.e. starvation, thirst, orphans, disease, no security, lack of housing, pestilence, you name it. We can constantly feed the poor, attempt to provide health care, get them water, etc., but until we make them a part of the economy, will we not make it disappear and will be caring for the same people next year.The requirement for food, clothing, and shelter is as common today as it was for the cave man. When they ran out of legumes to dig or beasts to harvest, they had to move to a more abundant area, take their home with them, or transport their supplies from another area. The same daily function exists today for the relatively well-off as well as the poor. The major difference is that the well-off have access to supplies, employment to afford them, and transportation to satisfy the need. The poor have no economy to have a job; therefore, neither can they afford the basics nor the transportation to get themselves to the economy, supplies, medicine, water, etc. When we want to feed and provide for the poverty stricken, our transportation will be no better than what exists for them; hence, we have great difficulty in making a difference.

               ET3 technology (Evacuated Tube Transportation Technology) can make that difference. The system is extremely inexpensive to build, cheaper to operate, and much cheaper to maintain than any existing mode of transportation. The cost of ET3 is 1/10th that of High Speed Rail and 1/4th that of freeways while at the same time provide far more moving passengers and cargo to about any station a community would desire. ET3 is relatively fast to construct, in as much as needed structure is far less; it is estimated to be ten times faster in construction than HSR with the same amount of building equipment, labor, and materials. ET3 will operate at much higher speeds, 350 mph to 4000 mph, and it is a freeway system; these high speeds allow the functioning world of people to expand up to an average of 350 miles for one hour commute or better. The ability to put stations/portal most anywhere makes it extremely convenient. The maintenance is considerably less in that the various parts have a much longer life and the moving vehicles impart little strain on the infra-structure. With all of these advantages transportation to the poverty stricken would allow those people a chance to reach the economy and become part of it. It would allow them the opportunity to get to food, water, medicines, hospitals, and basic commodities in general. It would allow us to get medicine, food, water, and doctors to them. All of this and more, and guess what? It will pay for itself by the people who use it. What a concept!

William and Ariel Durant, authors of “The History of Civilization” (eleven volumes and eleven thousand years) conclude the series with a summary, “The Lessons of History”. They write on page 34, “--by and large the poor have the same impulses as the rich, with less opportunity or skill to implement them.” As much as our ideals wish and profess, we are not created as equal as we would hope for, but ET3 can give everybody at least an equal opportunity for success.