Elevating public transport

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Tokyo Monorail - OiMax on Flickr

Tokyo Monorail - OiMax on Flickr

If streets are too crowded then maybe the log-jams can be avoided with alternative forms of public transport.

Steven Dale writes on the history of cable-propelled transit in New York and suggests it is a cost-effective method of crossing rivers and reaching airports.

The Gondola Project, with which Dale is also involved, describes itself as ‘a cable-propelled transit primer.’

In the UK urban cable transit or monorails haven’t got off the ground, so to speak.

There was the caterpillar monorail at the Gateshead Garden Festival. And Robert Kirkman’s plan to link the Millennium Dome and West Greenwich from the end of the 1990s. Whilst more recently there was a proposal to build a cable car link over the Thames between Thamesmead and Beckton.

However, urban monorails and gondola systems have been successfully implemented as part of public transport strategies in several cities around the world.

The Tokyo Monorail was opened in 1964 and currently handles 127,000 passengers per day.

And there’s these as well:
Skyrail Midorizaka Line, Japan
Chongqing Metro, China
Metro Monorail, Sydney
Las Vegas Monorail, USA

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