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Old December 21st, 2007, 09:52 PM   #61
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Look, the monorail goes through a sculpture!

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Old December 22nd, 2007, 03:30 AM   #62
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that looks like a building
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:35 PM   #63
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MonoRails in China


The Chinese nation is taking the lead in new transportations systems, and in doing so will become the economic powerhouse that the USA use to be. If we in USA do not start also looking at systems like these to solve our own gridlock then in less then 20 years we will become a 3rd world nation. Light and heavy rail are only part of the solution to solving gridlock. We need to integrate our transportation systems so we take advantage of existing systems and build new systems like this to solve new problems. In the north of Boston, MASS and there are no good ways for thousands of commuters to get to their jobs but by the car on gridlock highways.


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Old December 22nd, 2007, 05:13 PM   #64
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Not a real building, just an empty shell that the monorail goes through, so that's why I call it a sculpture (is there any better terminology?).
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Old January 26th, 2009, 12:38 AM   #65
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Chonigqing Monoraial-Subway

The current monorail includes 3 subway stations. If the monoraial can be built as a subway, why cana't a conventional metro?
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Old January 26th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #66
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They just chose the monorail, coz it's running above the streets usually, underground sections are when passing through mountains.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #67
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Old January 6th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #68
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Nice videos! It is nice to see how easily the train negotiates such steep hills and sharp curves! Chongqing looks like such a spectacular city which I would love to visit some day!
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 09:02 AM   #69
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Old February 5th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #70
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I think, finally, that Monorails are seriously being looked at as cost effective rapid/mass transit intead of little people movers for amuzement parks and zoos. There are more monorails being built right now for real mass transit than ever before and it seems to be picking up speed with one's under construction and other large ones planned suchas in India, Vietnam, and possible Brazil.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 03:32 AM   #71
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It's ideal for space saving purposes or difficult terrain to dig in, making elevated options a most cost effective one.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #72
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Chongqing rapid transit plans have been updated. Now they will build 17 lines and 773 kilometers. And 513 of them in 10 lines will be ready in 2020.



The thing is that the source is not the Chinese subforum, but Spanish .
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Old August 4th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #73
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Chongqing Massive Masterplan for its Urban Railway Network

That's an insane amount of rail lines. Heck, Chongqing could give both Shanghai and Beijing a run for their money when it comes to total urban railway network mileage.

I bet the China's central government is grooming Chongqing to be the fourth major urban center in the country after the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and the Beijing-Tianjin urban corridor.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #74
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They are not just grooming it to be, it already is. I just got back from China and spent a day in Chongqing while in transit. I wish that I had planned more time, at least a few days. It is a great city, very green with lots of tree cover, nice walkable areas, and the monorail is a nice system, though limited right now. The aerial trams are cool too. Chongqing is an amazing city that will give a lot of the more known cities in China a run for their tourist dollars soon.

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Old August 5th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #75
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there are some related viedeos,hope you like them

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTUyNzkxMDk2.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTM3MTE0MjA4.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1MzcyMDg=.html

this is an old vidoe of bridview of chongqing, 3 years ago. may help to give the first impression of this mountain city.
http://video.soso.com/playvbox/%E4%B...99%AF&cid=td.v
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Old August 5th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #76
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Line 3 U/C. Opens mid 2011. 21 km.




















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Since parts of this monorail operate in subway tunnels, maybe we can have a new transit category, like mono-metro?
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Since parts of this monorail operate in subway tunnels, maybe we can have a new transit category, like mono-metro?
Good one!

However, operation in a tunnel does not classify a system as a metro. Capacity, frequency, grade separation, signaling, and acceleration are what make a metro a metro. You can have light rail, commuter rail, trams/street cars, or even buses operate in tunnels. This is simply a monorail that operates elevated and below ground - which is pretty cool, IMO!

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 02:08 PM   #79
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They are not just grooming it to be, it already is. I just got back from China and spent a day in Chongqing while in transit. I wish that I had planned more time, at least a few days. It is a great city, very green with lots of tree cover, nice walkable areas, and the monorail is a nice system, though limited right now. The aerial trams are cool too. Chongqing is an amazing city that will give a lot of the more known cities in China a run for their tourist dollars soon.

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I also have been to Chongqing many many times, and totally agree with the above statements. I think CQ could hang with most world cities and is doing many things CORRECTLY in every facet as it grows and develops. It is amazing to visit from one year to the next, not only in the explosion of new towers under construction and completed, but just the cleanliness of the air and the ease of getting around. YES, Chongqing is ALREADY China's 4th urban center, already one of the national central cities - and most likely officially become #3 central city very soon after Shanghai and Beijing.

These pictures just dont do justice the the scale of the city or the monorail. Steve, you might be technically correct, but this monorail is big enough (same as Tokyo and Osaka Large/Heavy Hitachi Monorail) that it has capacity/frequency similar to metros, is grade separated, signal prioritization, etc. Also, Line 2 is underground in the densest parts of the city, just like metros (not all metros are all underground). Therefore, I still consider Line 2 to be the first metro system in West China (even though technically Chengdu's recently opened Line 1 is, since Chongqing Rapid Transit Line 2 is 'light' rail).

but I really can't wait until next year when Line 1 is supposed to open - all underground METRO subway from Chaotianmen/Jeifangbei downtown to Daping to Shapingba! Then we can FINALLY call CRT a "true" metro system.

I can imagine Line 1 will be HEAVILY USED!!

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Steve, you might be technically correct, but this monorail is big enough (same as Tokyo and Osaka Large/Heavy Hitachi Monorail) that it has capacity/frequency similar to metros, is grade separated, signal prioritization, etc. Also, Line 2 is underground in the densest parts of the city, just like metros (not all metros are all underground). Therefore, I still consider Line 2 to be the first metro system in West China (even though technically Chengdu's recently opened Line 1 is, since Chongqing Rapid Transit Line 2 is 'light' rail).
I could not agree more! What I meant is that the current line is limited in length and cover of the city right now, but that of course is being changed as the system grows.

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