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Old February 8th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #361
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The monorails look really "professional", not like Disneyland.
I don't understand why people assume monorails are always light capacity. They can be used for medium to high capacity systems and the CRT is a great example to the world how it may be done.
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Old February 8th, 2013, 08:54 PM   #362
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I don't understand why people assume monorails are always light capacity. They can be used for medium to high capacity systems and the CRT is a great example to the world how it may be done.
The problem is outside of East Asia monorails are more or less light capacity. Only Hitachi and recently Bombardier have medium to high capacity designs.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 06:02 AM   #363
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Sao Paulo is building a huge monorail system. One of the lines will have a capacity of 45,000 pphpd..................far more than most Metros/subways of the world.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #364
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I guess real (high capacity) monorail makes most sense in very hilly and challenging terrain with less underground and more above ground parts.

Hopefully they are expanding the system further at that fast pace. Chongqing is such a huge city, it probably needs a lot more of high capacity public transportation.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 06:34 AM   #365
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very hilly topography.. riding those monorails must feels like theme-park ride.
Not really. These pictures were shot with a telephoto lens, which makes the hills look more dramatic than they really are. But it is true that monorails can climb and descend hills better than conventional rail.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 06:39 AM   #366
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The monorails look really "professional", not like Disneyland.
What do you mean by "professional," uglier?

I personally wouldn't judge a monorail by its exterior design. Disneyland has carried millions and millions of passengers in perfect safety since it opened in 1959. I'd call that professional. :-)
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Old March 19th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #367
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Monorails have had a bad rap.

Most Western countries, outside of Japan, build monorails as little people movers, stupid one way routes {ala Sydney} or with no public money and then charge more {ala Las Vegas} or are short little routes that only go to a tourist trap {ala Seattle} but then wonder why the ridership is so low.

Monorails have proven themselves over the decades to be safe, reliable, and cost-effective rapid/mass transit systems but their "niche" reputation has hurt it but with new systems being built geared towards true mass/rapid transit outside Japan {ie South Korea, India, Iran, Malaysia, Brazil, China and Nigeria, that niche reputation is quickly fading.

This is also helped by an increasing number of suppliers. It use to be that Japanese manufacturers were the only game in town but now Scomi is a large producer and so is, more importantly, Bombardier.

I think Bombardier will be the game changer as not only is it the largest rail manufacturer in the world but it's dominance in NA and Western Europe gives monorail a bigger exposure outside of Asia. Although Hitachi, Rotem, and Scomi are major players, outside of Asia they are not. In most areas outside Asia Bombardier, Siemens, and Alstrom are the big boys on the block. Bombardier is REALLY pushing it's new monorail system and the bigger the exposure outside Asia the more it will lose it's reputation as being just for zoos, malls, airports, and tourist traps.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #368
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Monorails have had a bad rap.

Most Western countries, outside of Japan, build monorails as little people movers, stupid one way routes {ala Sydney} or with no public money and then charge more {ala Las Vegas} or are short little routes that only go to a tourist trap {ala Seattle} but then wonder why the ridership is so low.
And all that prompted a hilarious Simpsons episode which was basically the nail in the coffin for the monorail's reputation in the West.

Glad it is finally changing. Too bad it's probably too late for the US, since a lot of their sprawling cities could have had very effective monorail, but now are only getting light rail.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #369
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #370
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Line 3 at Niujiaotuo Station with Line 2 station underneath



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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:31 AM   #371
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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #372
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Chongqing's urban landscape is so nice if only every Chinese city is like that.
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What speeds do these monorails have?
And what speeds does the subway lines in Chongqing have?

Edit: nvm, I found out its speed is 80kmph.

But I must say that not all monorails manage to get away from the theme park and airport reputation. The Kuala Lumpur monorail is an awfully slow example that gives it a bad rep... unfortunately.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 03:41 AM   #374
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Terrain's been all mucked up...careless wish back there . . . eyesore a-plenty?
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Old May 11th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #375
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Old May 11th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #376
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Wow, the trees get enough light to grow still?
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Old May 12th, 2013, 02:08 AM   #377
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I like how they kept the blinds on the trains as per the original Japanese design. Do the new Line 3 trains still retain that feature?... NVM they do
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Old May 17th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #378
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CHONGQING | Line 6

On 15 May, Line 6 was extended from Lijia (6/20) to Yuelai (6/33) with the only intermediate stop for now International Expo Center (6/32). On this branch, stations Pingchang (6/29), Huangmaoping (6/30) and Gaoyikou (6/31) will apparently open at a later time.

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Is Line 6 heavy or mono rail?
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Lines 1 and 6 are subway; 2 and 3 are mono
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