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As Cory Morgan identified in his column about Transpod’s proposed hyper-loop between Calgary and Edmonton, if you issue within the time required to get by airport-like safety and prepare a journey on both finish, the journey will take you about one and a half hours.  Whereas white-collar staff would possibly discover a ticket value barely beneath that of a Calgary to Edmonton WestJet flight engaging, most working households will nonetheless have to drive to go to their grandparents.

Transpod claims that the undertaking might be funded by non-public funding, however its spokesperson did say that it’s making use of for quite a lot of “environmental” and “innovation” authorities grants.  Taxpayer funded “grants” are nonetheless handouts. If taxpayers are additionally on the hook for expropriating the land for the 300 km viaduct, then the handout may simply whole within the billions of {dollars}.

What if there was one other strategy to get to Edmonton or Calgary sooner?  A means that additionally comes with the good thing about having the ability to use your personal automotive when you’ve arrived. There’s a  means that hardly price the taxpayer something, just by adopting legal guidelines which have confirmed to work in different jurisdictions.

I’m, in fact, speaking about rising Alberta’s irrationally low freeway velocity limits.

There are 265 kms of Freeway 2 between the northern tip of the Calgary’s Stoney Path and the southern tip of Edmonton’s Henday.  The velocity restrict is 110 km/hr. Driving the velocity restrict, it ought to take two hours and twenty-five minutes.

A “no velocity restrict” signal on Germany’s Autobahn (picture credit score: DPA)

If Alberta adopted the identical 130 km/hr freeway restrict of France, the Netherlands, Montana (80 mi/hr = 129 km/hr), and far of Western Europe; then the drive can be 22 minutes shorter.

At a Polish or Texan 140 km/hr (85 mi/hr = 137 km/hr), the drive can be 31 minutes shorter.

Italy’s Autostrada legal guidelines permit non-public toll highways to set their limits as excessive as 150 km/hr. At that velocity, you could possibly get to Edmonton in roughly an hour and forty-five minutes. We’re practically at hyperloop instances now.

The German Autobahn is legendary for having flat sections with no velocity limits and for being one of many most secure highways on the planet – safer than North American highways with low limits. At a wonderfully cheap Autobahn velocity of 177 km/hr, you could possibly get to Edmonton in an hour and a half.

To these saying it is a ridiculous velocity, I’ll level out that Volvo introduced it was decreasing the highest velocity of all of its new 2020 automobiles – for security – to 180 km/hr.  Some Canadian law enforcement officials say that it’s bodily unattainable for any human to react whereas driving over 200 km/hr. The 2020 Belgian Grand Prix clearly proves them unsuitable as Method 1 automobiles have been passing one another at speeds as excessive as 350 km/hr.

Numbers don’t lie, however governments with a monetary stake in ticket income do.

In 2018, RCMP Sergeant Bruce McCowan, a forensic collision reconstructionist with Ridge Meadows RCMP Visitors Companies, revealed a letter concerning the risks of rushing and information about stopping distances. In it he wrote: “There may be an outdated site visitors joke that goes, ‘Physics; the one legal guidelines that drivers can’t break’ so, in the event you don’t like what follows, you possibly can blame Newton and all of his science buddies.”

The RCMP professional claimed that it could take practically 76 metres to return to a cease from 80 km/hr, together with response time (31.49 m braking distance and 44.48 m from a two second response time).

In a implausible video, Sense BC revealed that the RCMP’s math about stopping distance got here from a Basic Motors examine from 1935. Additionally they uncovered that the RCMP used an irrationally lengthy response time. Once they did some 21st century math, they concluded {that a} trendy automotive with trendy tires may safely do 130 km/hr on a freeway with an 80 km/hr restrict and nonetheless cease in lower than 76 metres.  Sense BC used a 14-year-old Volkswagen for his or her checks.

After the Sense BC video was posted, the RCMP have taken Sergeant Bruce McCowan’s unhealthy math off their web site. Sadly, law enforcement officials nonetheless routinely use out of date knowledge to try to justify the most recent ticket blitz or picture radar growth.

An Albertabahn would require extra than simply upping (or abolishing) the velocity restrict to soundly succeed nevertheless. Germany’s autobahn just isn’t a spot for grandma to putter casually within the left lane. On the autobahn, police strictly implement legal guidelines towards driving slowly within the passing lanes, one thing Albertan (and Canadian’s broadly), do usually. Automobiles are required to drive within the right-most lane that they’re able to at their velocity, and transfer left solely when passing. 

The autobahn additionally has lengthy onramps to make sure that automobiles can speed up to the suitable velocity earlier than merging. Many of the onramps alongside Freeway 2 already adjust to this, though a couple of would require extensions. 

Regardless of its excessive, and infrequently limitless velocity limits, the autobahn has a greater security document than most North American highways. 

If it was about security – and never ticket income – then Alberta would undertake the insurance policies that make Italian, French, and German highways so protected: increased velocity limits, and strict enforcement of the “hold proper besides to go” rule.

Alex McColl is the Nationwide Defence Columnist with the Western Normal and a Canadian army analyst

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