Since living here through the 1980’s and up to today, people have complained about the traffic in Charlotte. With Charlotte being so spread out, and many jobs requiring the use of a car, it is impossible not to drive a car for work. There aren’t enough Mass Transit vehicles to reach in all directions. And yet as Charlotte continues to grow, the number of cars only multiplies each day.
People from larger cities have had trains, subways, and other rail systems, which extend further into suburbs. Therefore, we continue to depend on our cars and trucks, spread fumes and dirt on our roads. The Light Rail system has helped those people who live near the rail system as well as have employers near the rail system. As it is, whatever effort Charlotte attempts to do, always seems to take 2 to 5 times longer to accomplish (if not more), and the costs invariably runs more. Meanwhile, all vehicles produce more filth into our air.
So how many people in our community have heard of the “Hydrail System”? Most likely very few. From what I have learned, this mode of transportation was developed right here in North Carolina (Mooresville, in fact), and yet the only people who have taken this option seriously are other countries! Germany and China already have factories producing the Hydrail cars, while other countries including Japan, Canada, and the U.K. are taking steps to utilize this Hydrail.
Stan Thompson, Bill Thunberg, and Jason Hoyle have spearheaded this Mooresville Hydrail Initiative. Stan Thompson has spoken to at least ten countries since this was introduced. “The use of the hydrogen-powered railcars was inevitable,” Thompson said, “and our annual conferences may have hastened the adoption by as much as 15 years.” (quote of Stan Thompson)
It seems a shame that other countries are tapping into this advanced and credible mode of transportation that originated within our Charlotte Metro, while we aren’t even aware of it, much less considering it for our own North Carolinians. Click here to download a more detailed article, plus you can learn more via the website: www.hydrail.appstate.edu.
Respectfully submitted by
Robyn A. Crigger, CEO