Suspended monorail would solve myriad light-rail issues

Did you know that a suspended monorail only costs one-fourth as much to build in half the time, has less maintenance than light rail and has never had an accident with a car in over 100 years of use?

Now I don’t mean a “monorail” or a “gondola” but a light rail with the wheels above the cars instead of under it. Just think positive for a moment. No exposed overhead wires, no miles of utilities to relocate, soil conditions wouldn’t make a much bigger impact than crossing a river, snow and ice would not slow it down and the only (that’s ONE) fatality was an elephant about 100 years ago that got spooked and literally rocked the boat. We haven’t even made one year with that kind of safety.

What about elevated stations? We already do that and for that matter, what business wouldn’t mind making the allowances we made for the skyways (tax subsided, of course) and have customers dropped right in the middle of third floor instead of just outside the front door?

So there you have it — been in other countries for over 100 years, as quiet as light rail, cheaper to maintain, after the supports are in the spans can be trucked and hoisted into place from a central build site, and stop lights?! We don’t need no stinking stop lights! You cannot hit a car from 20 feet up!

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Scot Wilcoxon on 05/18/2015 - 03:02 pm.

    PRT likes that design

    There are a number of PRT (personal rapid transit) designs, and most of them use suspended tracks. An advantage of the small PRT vehicles is that their light weight makes the track much lighter weight than for bus-sized vehicles. But if you look at the designs, you see similar advantages to what is mentioned here — above vehicular traffic, snow removal is not affected by the street snowplows, and in downtown using 2nd or 3rd floor level stations.

    The heavy weight of “light” rail pretty much required making a mess of University Avenue. With light rail, putting it above street level ends up being like the “El’s” elevated rail causeways, whether the rail is above or below the vehicle. That’s a lot of steel and concrete.

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