Aerial Gondolas May Come to New York

The traffic in Manhattan is part of life there. It is slow moving and packed to the brim, whether you are on roads or the subway. A new idea has surfaced which could possibly change this. The idea consists of setting up multiple high-speed gondolas to move people along quickly. This is expected to help remove a lot of traffic, but at what costs? If you look at just money, it will cost roughly $100 million to complete. Critics argue this, as well as saying that it only helps the few who can afford waterfront housing, because of where it connects.

In my opinion, I think this is a good idea. I haven’t been to Manhattan, but I have been to other parts of New York. If Manhattan is as crowded as those places, then this is crucial in my opinion. It may be costly, but it also saves lots of money for the working class who drives to work, because they won’t be stuck in traffic wasting gas. It is a very innovative idea, one which has a lot of potential. I think it should be done, but let me know your opinion in the comments.

~Nick

Why The Roads are Safer.

After 60 years of constant technological advancements in car safety precautions and reduction of possible hazards, results are finally showing. After a recent report made by the US department of transportation (also referred to as DOT) fatalities due to car accidents  dropped to 32,367 in the year 2011. That is a drop of 1.9% since 2010, which is also the smallest amount of accidents amount since 1949. One of the main reasons for this drop is new technological advancements in various aspects of cars, including airbags and seatbelts. Other advancements in safety include:  a lane departure warning: a system that alerts drivers when they drift out of their lanes, electronic stability control:  a system that brakes certain wheels if a car is off course, collision warning: a system which alerts the driver if traffic ahead slows down or stops, and brakes for the driver if necessary. Other advancements include: blind zone warning: alerts the driver if another vehicle has entered their “blind zone”, and adaptive headlights: headlights that turn in the direction that the front wheels turn, helping light up curves and turns where visibility is reduced.  The national highway traffic safety administration advises that drivers should not be less cautious when driving, because although fatality numbers are dropping, they are still high in other categories like biker accidents caused by cars.

If technological advancements continue to be developed at an astoundingly fast rate, then I think we will see a continuously large decrease in the numbers. As new cars continue to be developed, they are built with the common safety systems but more are being developed. In my opinion it really depends on the driver to drive safely, but that is not to say that these systems won’t help. Already, thousands of accidents have been prevented using this technology helping drivers unaware they are in danger be more alert. I also believe the reason the numbers are still so high is that many cars on the road are not so new and don’t have these advancements yet.  As time passes by and newer safer cars are on the road, the numbers should be minimal. This is a long term issue, but overtime it can be reduced to the lowest possible amount.

~Richard Sarria