Journey to Detroit


Sometime in the not too distant future, John wakes up in suburban Chicago on a Saturday morning and heads to a White Sox Detroit. Join him on a 300 mile journey to Detroit's Comerica Park as he experiences the transportation options of the future: a neighborhood electric car share program, smart phone ticketing, high-speed rail, and connecting light rail. This clip is brought to you by America 2050 as part of its "A Better Tomorrow" project to visualize America's future communities and transportation systems.


This video is great, but it mistakenly uses the Detroit skyline in the scene where John is waiting on the platform in Chicago. Also, instead of the fictitious "Detroit Junction," the use of the existing Michigan Central Station or the Amtrak station at New Center would have emphasized the extent to which the infrastructure for high-speed rail is already in place.

The only accurate part of this video was that the high speed train was empty.

Incredibly unimaginative. Also, Americans will never adopt a car sharing program mainstream. You'll likely have electric cars as the only type of car by around 2030 but people will still drive their own primarily even in 2050.

Actually, the skyline is Newark, NJ, because that is where the train platform segment was filmed. If only we had a larger budget, we would have edited in the Chicago skyline!

Touche'. Actually, there were some adorable children in the seat in front of the actor on the Amtrak train we shot in, but we had to edit them out because we were not able to gain permission to use their likeness.

From what I can tell, with the exception to the game, every thing was planed on the fly.
What if there was not car at the car share?
What if the train was already booked?
And considering it is game day how likely that the local transit system would be full to capacity?
And what of the cost of the local transit?
The only price we see is $72 for the HS rail ticket.
These are things people want to know when adopting these systems.

This is part of agenda 21 that is just a fascist corporatocracy masquerading as the Green Movement. Ever wonder why society just gets more corrupt and life gets more expensive and limiting when for years, the planners have put forth these glorious visions of how life will be in the "near" future?
This is part of the scam the controllers of society, namely those who control us with their fraudulent economic systems, use to buy up more of our land and resources with their phony money.
Until society as a whole becomes enlightened to the mechanisms that are used to fool them time and again we will continue to suffer the consequences.
I say the gentleman in the video should skip the mindless bread and circuses and read about the Hegelian dialectic, the Delphi Technique or the following:
“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. ”
― Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era

Don’t worry; you’ll never get jacked by thugs hiding near the car share, or find that they are out of cars when you need one the most, or find that someone threw up, or masturbated, or spilled a giant soda or coffee all over the interior of the only available car and didn’t even bother to try and clean it up. Additionally, the cars will always be in tip top mechanical shape as everyone knows that communal property on the tax payers’ dime is always well cared for and never abused, whereas private property is the most neglected…or is it the other way around?

There's a time-zone issue here. Chicago is on Central time, but Detroit is on Eastern. 9:35a Central to 12:25p Eastern isn't even two hours. How long does the fanciful trip depicted in the video take?

Detroit to Chicago by car (taking I-94 all the way from new center to just southeast of the loop) for me is between 4 and 5 hours, 75-85mph most of the way. It should be closer to 3 hours, but traffic in downriver Detroit can seize up at a moment's notice. If a bullet train is going 150-200mph, or by 2050 likely approaching 250mph, then a time around 2 hours, maybe a little less, sounds about right.