Transportation is a key factor in the development of any civilization -- and should always be developed in order to satisfy our increasing demands for time and resources. Modes such as automobile, train, plane, jet, ship, and personal vehicles have all been pushing their limits the past few decades and now -- we seem to have reached a Golden Age of transportation in that we have more options and technologies available to us than we ever had before. Electric cars, magnetic trains, personal jets, and even space craft.
In Europe, trains are used as a primary mode of transportation. Also, in crowded places such as Japan, railway seems essential in dealing with the congested city areas and rising fuel prices. The Europeans and Japanese are on the forefront of railway technology and in my opinion... the United States needs to follow suit in order to remain the thriving cosmopolitan nation that it has been for so long. We, as a country need to strive to produce the most efficient means of transportation -- public as well as private.
It has been an issue for many years in this country -- why there is not a more efficient system of public transportation to get from place to place -- short and long distance alike. It seems one made up of red tape, power plays, money, bureaucracy, and greed. Let us all become more aware of our options and work to build a better future for the world of travel. Bring on the Maglev and the Tesla Roadster! Bring on the new frontier of transport!