Monorail Systems for cities, tourism sites and airports
Imagine relaxing in a modernly designed train, gliding through the city above the streets and traffic congestions, while enjoying a spectacular view of the skyline with all the comforts you could need. This is no longer a dream! It can become reality in any city within a short amount of time: A monorail mass transportation system will provide exactly this feeling for passengers as well as tourists. Monorails represent the newest generation of transport technology and have already been proven to be reliable in a number of future-oriented cities around the globe.
Fast implementation of monorail systems
In many cities and urban environments, road traffic has more than doubled within only a few decades. This fast growth is becoming a significant challenge for many cities, since the road surface is limited and cannot cope with the rapidly growing demand. The need for a highly efficient public transport solution has become evident in order to encourage commuters to change from their cars to the public transport.
However, the choice of public transport means is limited, since buses and minibuses also use the roads and contribute to traffic jams rather than providing a time-saving solution. Since buses become stuck in traffic, they are adding to delays and become increasingly unattractive for passengers. Tramways will not solve this traffic problem either, since they share the roads with other road traffic and additionally create complex and costly intersections.
The only options that remain for real and efficient mass transport systems within cities are underground or elevated systems. Today, more and more cities are considering a monorail as their first choice of mass transport. A monorail line can be easily and quickly implemented into an existing city environment, typically within only two to three years’ time, while an underground system requires 10 years or more for planning and realization. This is often unacceptable in view of the actual road traffic situation.
Affordable costs – at superior comfort level
Monorail systems are considered to be the most affordable means of mass transport and offer a superior comfort level. The fare costs per passenger and per kilometer are far below those of underground systems and are even less than tramways. Additionally, it is known that public transport systems, such as tramways and underground systems, usually require subsidies. A monorail system on the other hand can actually make a profit due to lower investment costs and low operating costs, which is an interesting aspect in order to attract private investors and respectively private concessionaires.
Monorail transport is modern and attractive
A monorail system will enhance the image of a modernly thinking city. The monorail trains glide on an elevated track through the city, highly visible for everyone. The trains are equipped with large windows enabling the passengers as well as tourists to enjoy views of the city. The trains run at high-speed non-stop from station to station and, due to the dedicated track, are not affected at all by traffic jams. An attractive, fast and reliable transport system is finally the key to encourage passengers to leave their car at home and discover the beauty of public transport.
Use of solar energy
The elevated track structure offers generous surfaces for solar panels, which can seamlessly and elegantly be integrated into the guide way structure. The solar energy can also contribute to an excellent energy balance of such a transport system. This will, without doubt, represent a unique innovation for any city with ecological ambitions.
Consultancy services enabling easy decision-making
Why not evaluate the possibility of a monorail system and discover a great opportunity for an important step forward in modern public transport? Intamin is glad to provide consultancy services and to be a partner to cities from the very beginning in order to facilitate their decision-making process. Based on a study of a specific system, all aspects can be brought to the table such as investment costs, visual appearance, design of trains and stations based on pictures, videos or artist renderings, economic viability and environmental footprints.