Moving people and goods faster and friendlier
In spite of the increases in technical advances that we have today, our local modes of transportation are mostly of 1800s or early 1900s technologies. There has not been a significant advancement in the automobile since Henry Ford.
Today, people perceive time as being very valuable; yet the speed of travel has barely improved.
The automobile is becoming technically very complex (and expensive) to try to achieve efficiency and greater safety.
Many consider using public transportation. However, Americans love the flexibility of their cars and most do not accept public transit in its present form. Public transit considerations today are rail, light rail and bullet trains. Light rail is expensive to install, is disruptive, inconvenient and requires subsidies to sustain its operation. It loses money.
Bullet trains have their place—but their implementation is stalled on the high costs of development, implementation, limited convenience and subsidies necessary to sustain its operation.
In the future, more people and goods will need to move faster and friendlier for economic growth and improved quality of life.