NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR

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NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR

Post  Skwirlinator on Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:51 pm

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR

This mega-structure would be a next step to the national highway and rail system.



The main conduit would transverse the continent with spurs.
Each spur would have a mega-hub and each terminal a mega-terminal.
Highway and rail systems would spur off of the terminals.
The main conduit would have a non-stop mag-train system for high-speed
coast to coast transport. Each Spur would have state spurs and hubs.
The hub system would be two-way.

In the below diagram I show possible placement and design of each conduit section.
Its not to scale or completely shown but it suggests the layout of possibilities. Switching stations and people platforms, terminal structures
and section sub-structures are not shown.
Again - this is a quick drawing, not to scale and not complete.



I chose a squashed circle as the shell because it will be strong
and adaptive to tunneling projects.

There are 3 main sections with room for a 4th section for future expansion needs.

The top section is the Maintenance Deck.
Here you would find:

Maintenance Transportation Platform - This is the main platform housing the maintenance trains, trucks and commuter traffic.
This platform would be linked at the spurs and run the length of the entire national conduit.

Quarters - Maintenance workers, support workers & residential housing. Also business and office spaces.
All linked via pedestrian tunnels.

Main Power Conduit - Houses the power supply facilities and main cable trunks needed to power the systems.
Solar collectors and wind turbines on the outer shell could contribute to the power supply.
The main conduit would have maintenance access tunnels and various platforms.

Communications Conduits - Hardwire communications insulated from utility and power conduits.
Access for maintenance via platforms and catwalks.

Utility Conduits - HVAC, Water & Sewer systems.
Maintenance access via trunks on the outside of the shell.


The center section is the Main Transport Deck.
Here you would find:

High-Speed Train Deck - Two to four omni-directional high-speed bullet or mag-lev trans-continental passenger transport trains.
Emergency and Support facilities.

Hub Train Decks - Interchange hub linking passenger trains or
mag-levs running the full conduit but allowing spur and hub exchanges.
These would link to the existing train networks across the country via terminals.
There would be no access to the high speed trans-continental conduit
as it would be non-stop from seaboard to seaboard.
The hub system would allow trans-continental passage
but at a lower speed with spur stops and exchanges.

Highway Hub Decks - Crash avoidance highway system with rest stops and refueling stations.
Could be obsolete by the time construction is completed
at which time the spaces would be utilized for new technology.


The bottom section is the Freight Deck.
Here you would find:

High-Speed Freight Train Deck - Two to four omni-directional high-speed bullet or mag-lev trans-continental freight transport trains.
Emergency and Support facilities.
Very similar to the passenger deck above but heavy-duty construction

Hub Freight Train Decks - Similar to the above Hub Train Decks but heavy-duty.

Highway Hub Freight Decks - Highway system designed for current trucking industry.
Could be obsolete by the time construction is completed
at which time the spaces would be utilized for new technology.
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