The Minnesota Zoo announced this week that it’s shutting down its financially troubled monorail. The monorail debuted in September 1979, giving the “New Zoo” (which opened the year before) a touch of futuristic pizzazz. But in the years that followed the space age elevated train encountered frequent money problems including a default on payments and a series of investor lawsuits. Now it has apparently shut down for good, ground to a halt by lethal mixture of visitor indifference (the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it “‘lame’ and ‘pricey’”) and mechanical obsolescence.
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