- trace /treys/
- infrastructure /IN-fruh-struhk-cher/
- relocate /ree-LOH-keyt/
- transportation /trans-per-TEY-shuhn/
- prompt /prompt/
[verb] – to find the origin of something
The call could not be traced by the phone company.
[noun] – the basic systems and services, such as transportation and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively
The storm has damaged the country’s infrastructure.
[verb] – to move or move something or someone from one place to another
There are plans to relocate the airport’s main runway.
[noun] – a vehicle or system of vehicles, such as buses, trains, etc. for getting from one place to another
Bicycles are an inexpensive and efficient mode of transportation.
[verb] – to make someone decide to say or do something
I’m not sure what made him leave.
Initially, the London Underground was made up of tracks dug slightly below the surface and then covered over. However, as technology advanced and trains transitioned from steam to electric power, the lines became deeper. The ground beneath Londoners’ feet now hums with an extensive network of tube lines that ferry people around the city quickly, efficiently, and out of sight. According to Bradley Garrett, a cultural geographer at University College Dublin and author of Subterranean London, putting infrastructure underground has a lot of appeal. He goes on to say that humans prefer things to be running in the background. It creates the appearance of seamlessness. It almost has a magical quality to it. Along with trains, powerlines, pipes, cables, and sewers, some people have long wished to bury another piece of infrastructure: roads.
No one, not even Musk, has proposed burying all of the world’s roads. But what if we did relocate them all beneath the surface? In an era of increasing urbanization, rising inequality, and climate change, imagining the impact of this raises important questions about how our global transportation system is evolving – and prompts us to consider where we really want it to go.
- Could you tell me about the underground transportation in your country?
- Based on your experience, what distinguishes underground transportation from regular transportation?
- What kinds of transportation would you like to see run underground? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that underground transportation reduces traffic?
- What do you think of underground transportation? Please elaborate on your answer.