Oh my dear God this fucking take is horrid
@Elizafox TURKEY TROTS TO WATER GG WHERE IS REPEAT WHERE IS TASK FORCE THIRTY FOUR RR THE WORLD WONDERS
"Let's take out the train and replace it with... something functionally equivalent and far more expensive than trains."
yet over here some towns/cities/regions *reintroduced* trams (streetcars) 30-40 years after they were removed.
Also we've had a semi-autonomous metro railway in East London for 30+ years (Docklands Light Railway)
OK the whole of London is only about 30km from one end to the other (in any direction), but there are a *lot* of people who need transport crammed into this small area, and its easier to live without a car there than elsewhere in England..
whoever thinks doing that is a good idea clearly has no clue how metro systems actually run (and its not that bloody expensive to refurbish the rolling stock, and that automated operation is already a thing (it has been in some areas of London since 50 years, the driver is just there for safety reasons)
@bob There is one place for cars: thinly populated rural areas outside towns. Carpooling makes more sense; mass transit requires, well, a mass to be efficient. But that's about it.
@Elizafox I'd maybe be OK with autonomous taxi-buses that continuously brute-force the Traveling Salesman Problem to optimize pickup and delivery of passengers from and to arbitrary destinations... but I'd still want a backbone transit option involving rails.
@Elizafox I used to think only NYTimes shitposted professionally, but I guess The Atlantic went for it
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