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I'm not sure whether there was content here before it was spammed by 89.149.242.226 on Sat Apr 26 12:04:06 2008 GMT. The intent was to describe the impact on individual lives of much less time spent commuting and driving in a SkyTran-enabled lifestyle. Much of this time may be soaked up by more time spent working and earning money, which will create a significant economic benefit. However, some will also probably translate into more time spent with family and friends, especially for jobs with fixed schedules. Either is likely to be much more enjoyable and/or beneficial than fuming in traffic.

The flip side is that people have adapted to slow transportation in some beneficial ways. For example "Mom's taxi" is a pain for parents and restless young teenagers alike, but it's also a significant part of the time parents spend today interacting with children and pre-driving-age teens today. It's likely that pre-teen and teen kids will be allowed to travel on SkyTran independently; if strong parental controls are included in the system (see SafeTran), it may also include younger children. Hopefully this loss will be compensated by more time in more relaxed settings. For example, if both commuting parents and junior-high and high-school kids can travel independently and rapidly to their after-school destinations, a community could use some of the time gained very well by negotiating a fixed dinner hour when nothing would be scheduled and families could have dinner together (perhaps delivered quickly from a highly-efficient take-out restaurant -- see ExtremeOutsourcing).

HowieGoodell