There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Obama’s plans for high speed rail systems. Such a system, linking together major cities throughout the nation, would be an amazing project that would no doubt create thousands of jobs and leave us with an amazing infrastructure improvement. Obviously, this new system isn’t going to happen overnight, and there’s clearly a lot to think about regarding high-speed rail, and we’ll do our best to keep up with the discussions.
In the meantime, there are countless rails already on the ground in Rhode Island, and though we’d love to have more commuter and local service, it seems most of the rails are either used for freight, MBTA/Amtrak, or are sitting unused and rusting.
RailPod, a company up in Belmont, MA, thinks they have a solution. They are introducing a passenger car that can run on a single rail and is autonomously driven. Featured recently in Mass High Tech, these two-person sized, battery powered cars can take you point to point on-demand along any existing single track.
RailPod™ vehicles are fun and easy to use! Entrance to the vehicle is permitted via an access card. When you arrive at a station, swipe your access card, enter your destination on an interactive touch-screen similar to an ATM, sit down, and enjoy the ride! You will be transported, non-stop, to your destination.