It may be a wise decision to go smaller your first year as a trial run. I see running a loop track in the inner open playa where it does not cross a street and in such a way that it passes several art installations and perhaps the man portapotty bank. Then reevaluate and go big with experience the next year.
SurlyBDrinkin wrote:I'd be rad for the train to go from Esplanade & 2 to Esplanade & 10.
Johnny Payphone wrote:
And here's the biggie...
This project would be used to gather email addresses from participants who answer yes to the following question:
"Would you buy a ticket if there was a train that ran from San Francisco to Gerlach?"
Significant positive response will result in a business plan to provide chartered rail service from SF to Gerlach in 2012, resulting in massive monetary and fuel savings for the participants. The carbon reduction of transporting bay-area attendees by rail would be mind-boggling. Note that this plan would a) have to include transportation from Gerlach to BRC and b) could pick up anyone in Sacramento, Reno, etc, and c) would include container and less-than-container shipments of camp supplies. I imagine the train ride itself would be much like the cross-canada rock'n'roll railroad trip from the 70s... "heyyy mannnn which way to the ping-pong car?"
Marscrumbs wrote:I've seen trains running up to the Black Rock Desert. Heck we have to cross those tracks. I've thought since the Green Man that it would be cool to get a freight train to delivery all our stuff from civilization to the Playa. Maybe Amtrack couch to the city then we could have that many fewer cars. I don't know who in hell to contact to rent a train. But those tracks aren't very busy.
Mojojita wrote:Unless your track is totally enclosed, art cars would not fare the worst - I can only imagine the bike wrecks it would cause - particularly in low visibility.
Johnny Payphone wrote:http://www.humancar.com/synchguideway.htm
Humancar has a real-world-compatible human-powered light rail implementation.
Johnny Payphone wrote:Some quick math:
Rail efficiency over riding in cars: 25% savings
Round trip: 650 mi
Avg MPG: 15?
Price per gallon: $3.10
2010 Population: 51,454
Average gas price paid per participant to attend from the Bay: $134.33
If 50% lived in the Bay and took the train rather than driving:
Total gas price of 1/2 of burners to drive from SF = (51k/2) * (650/15) *$3.10 = $3,455,907.91
If they took the train= $863,976.00 saved
Gasoline saved 278,702 gallons
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