Friday, June 10, 2005

Ride, Halli, Ride: Attorney Designs Futuristic Transportation System

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A futuristic system of tubes may be what’s needed to solve today’s gridlock problems.

A San Diego-based lawyer has created a private mass transit system for public use called Hallitubes – named after Andrew Smith Hallidie, who designed San Francisco’s cable cars.

People would travel at 120 mph in carts in an electric roller coaster-like system inside a polyurethane tube mounted atop pylons running along freeways.

Creator Greg Maizlish claims the Hallitubes would reduce freeway traffic by 30 percent – enough to bring speeds on roadways back to normal.

Unlike other public transportation systems, before passengers could ride the Hallitubes, they’d have to pass a training course to know how to make switches on the track or, should the system ever break down, know how to climb down from the pylons.

Maizlish says he designed the Hallitubes mostly out of his frustration driving in L.A. traffic, and from his childhood experience watching his attorney father’s most famous client, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, deal with the future.

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