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The public transportation system is vital in major cities where mobility via personal automobile is limited. The current system in major cities provides numerous citizens with a viable means to travel not only for leisure but for professional purposes as well. In this day and age the technologies available for a more sustainable system are plentiful. The purpose of this project is to research and analyze the current taxi, bus and subway systems in major cities and propose both short and long term changes that benefit the system as a whole. Members of the group will research both the current system and new technologies and propose both simple and complex improvements. Flywheels, super capacitors, and compressed air are some of the potential technologies that are available and could improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the public transportation system. A few cities will be studied in particular, including New York City, Boston, and Oklahoma City; however the new technologies can be implemented in every city across the country
The Grand Challenges Seminar
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Great Problems Seminar
Hartman, Petra; Limone, Brett; Loy, James; Mahar, Steven; and Taleb, Joseph, "Sustainable Urban Public Mobility" (2009). Great Problems Seminar Poster Archive. Book 151.