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Friday, September 30, 2011

Knowing Transport: Cars Busses And Trains

By Byron Jonas

Cars busses and trains are just some of the various forms of travel which people use widely nowadays. Such infrastructure exists on every continent and in nearly every country on the planet. Thanks to their advent, transportation has been revolutionized during the twentieth century and this continues on into the twenty-first. Older methods have become somewhat obsolete as this has provided technological advances both in cities and in agriculture.

The very first car was the Ford Model T made by a man named Henry Ford at the very start of the twentieth century, which caused a widespread stir in the United States. After this, the product took off considerably and basically changed the history of transportation forever. Of course before this railroads had already existed, the first ones appearing in Britain and were overrun with steam and coal powered locomotives. Many railroad networks now exist in countless countries across the globe with some boasting superior infrastructure.

Rail infrastructure differs in different parts of the world and is as extensive as the population generally needs it. Smaller countries such as Ireland do not have sch a large amount of railroads. In Germany, however, a country which needs to sustain such a big population has a rather impressive network.

During the 1960s, in Ireland, many people believed that cars were more or less the transport mode of the future and hence the government took an initiative to tears down and close many of the existing railway lines and stations. This resulted in a reduced network.

Trains themselves will run on a set course which can change at certain intervals along the track. The same can be said for smaller trams and underground railways. Buses, however, tend to be somewhat more flexible and are able to change their route at no great expense. An underground such as either the Tube in London, England, or the famous U-Bahn systems which run in Germany are efficient ways of city transport.

Since travel is done on a subterranean level, this leaves much more room on the top. The city centers of cities such as Essen, Germany, are completely bus and tram free, with buses only operating to the edges.

The underground still continues beneath the city in places like this. The only difference is that there are still stations dotted at strategic points but they take up very little of the city's living space. This provides a very fast and efficient way of getting out to the city's suburbs. This is also because, due to the lack of congestion and traffic with the underground system, travel time isn't that long.

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