Chart of the Day: Operating Speeds Across Different Modes over Time

Here’s a helluva chart for you:

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I happened across this sort of accidentally, so I’m not even going to comment other than to say that walking has held steady at a solid 3 miles per hour for quite some time.

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6 Responses to Chart of the Day: Operating Speeds Across Different Modes over Time

  1. Redder November 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    And yet we are told trains are “old fashioned technology” despite their ability to go much faster than cars, and not yet having reached their peak.

    Amazing.

    • Nathanael November 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Intercity train speeds in the US are currently limited almost entirely by the signal systems.

      In urban areas, train acceleration and deceleration is limited only by passenger comfort — and so speed is limited only by how often the train stops.

      But that’s not the impressive part about trains; the impressive part is that a single train can be very very long, and hold enormous numbers of people, and *still* go at high speeds, in a stable fashion. (As opposed to fishtailing or breaking apart.) This is because conical wheels on steel rails are automatically, passively stabilizing.

  2. Alex Schieferdecker
    Alex Schieferdecker November 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m still waiting on the Twin Cities pneumatic tube transit system.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke November 13, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      I want a pneumatic tube burrito delivery public utility, installed so that burritos can be directly delivered into your kitchen.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke November 13, 2014 at 9:57 am #

        Also Grainbelt tallboys.

        • Alex Schieferdecker
          Alex Schieferdecker November 13, 2014 at 9:58 am #

          These both sound like excellent investments to me.

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