Consolation writes kids’s e book on transportation | State
QUEEN ANNE – Author Paul Comfort, self-described “transit evangelist” and longtime Queen Anne’s County resident, has published a children’s book about the future of transportation.
The book “Public Transportation: From the Tom Thumb Railroad to Hyperloop and Beyond” can be bought on Amazon.
“My goal with the book was to spark children’s imaginations, give them a positive view of public transport and maybe even help them get into the public transport industry at some point,” said Comfort.
He said he was inspired by his children and grandchildren. Comfort and his wife have six children and five grandchildren.
“I wanted a picture book on public transport to let the grandchildren know what ‘Giggy’ (the name my grandchildren call me) did for a living, and I couldn’t find one,” he said. “There are lots of children’s books about big trucks and zoo animals, but almost none for children about buses and trains and what public transport does.”
The description of the book states: “Each page takes children to a different time and type of public mobility, from horse-drawn carriages to the first underground trains, buses, light rail vehicles and Mag-Lev trains. Along the way, they can imagine driving these fun vehicles and traveling to their destinations. Then kids see how the future will be amazing with autonomous vehicles, hyperloops and vertical take-off and landing planes (VTOL) that will transport them into a new age of public transportation. “
“I consider myself a transit evangelist. I want to keep the congestion low and keep the environment clean, ”he said.
The shiny paperback version of the book released this month; It is aimed at children aged 5 to 15 years.
“It can be shared with children in public or private schools, and home students can use this book,” said Comfort. “It will be translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Nepalese and Chinese.”
He said he would love if the book became part of curricula around the world to introduce children to the important world of public transport – its history, present and future.
This book is the third Comfort has written on a transportation theme. Former CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration, Comfort’s career in government, began as transportation coordinator for Queen Anne’s Counties and then split as county administrator for Queen Anne’s Counties and Charles Counties. He is a former Queen Anne County Commissioner.
He received the highest individual distinction in the transportation industry – the Presidents Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Comfort also hosts the CEO’s Public Transportation CEO “Transit Unplugged” podcast, which can be heard in 99 countries.
He has a clear vision of the future of travel.
“The City of DC has completed a microtransit for online payment from a delivery van. You’d log in like cable TV – maybe you don’t even need a car, ”he said.
A current idea is Mobility as a Service or MaaS. Mobility as a Service is moving the world away from the car owner ship. If you can use an app on your phone to order and pay for transportation, then why pay for a car? It makes transportation ubiquitous for an urban population. Rural customers are out of luck.
“Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs, are filled with companies like Uber and Lyft,” he said.
Some other visionary considerations on travel encompass these three programs.
Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX wants to build a hyperloop between Washington, DC and Baltimore. The goal is to have 1,000 passengers a day. Travelers would zoom through underground tubes at 600 mph. This would cut the commute to 15 minutes.
Musk has also proposed building a hyperloop between Las Angeles and San Francisco. The projected time after 600 mph is 30 minutes
New York City has its Citi Bike program. It is useful for both tourists and locals. You have 15,000 bikes in over 1,000 locations. After your ride, you can return the bike to any Citi Bike Station. It costs $ 3 for a ride, $ 13.50 for a day pass, and $ 179 for an annual pass. As with Uber, customers download an app and sign in to pay.
The next phase is autonomous travel – which is transported by an electric bus without human driving – something that stimulates a child’s imagination.