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Ill be your flying angel any day Steve… another great article!
What the insurance on The Flying Angel like?
I had the privilege of your company and fly fishing tales at REG Ontario’s DesignThinker Conference a few years ago.
I am one of the founding members of Moose rail (see link above) that is establishing a 400 passenger rail company serving Canada’s National Capital Region (around Ottawa).
The lion’s share of public transit is subsidized by government to the tune of 70+%
Moose proposes an interprovincial, Metropolitan-style, passenger rail system that does NOT encumber the taxpayer. The is NO barrier to use this “Pay-What-You-Want” system addressing the needs of those who are fixed-income/no-income riders. Fees paid are NOT required to operate the service, these fees are used solely to “value-add” to the system.
Part of the value-add sees the train cars (3 only per train) outfitted to rack bicycles, skis, hiking equipment and kayaks. One car is a library car equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and pull out desk and recharge stations. Another car runs as a cafe through the day and pub after work. The 3rd car is the commuter car–same wifi connectivity but carries the cargo items.
Stations are owned by property owners who look to build value in their property by paying the train to stop at their location—this is called real-property value uplift – we refer to it as Property-Powered Rail.
Elements of of what we propose are seen in Italy, Seattle, US and Hong Kong. I thought that we’d reach out to start a conversation if interested.