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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:06 AM   #281
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Scomi's answer to Viet traffic woes
Published: 2008/05/31, BusinessTimes



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Hanoi’s roads are getting more congested as vehicle ownership rises in tandem with the increasing affluence of the Vietnamese. Scomi Engineering tells Marina Emmanuel how a monorail system can help ease the city’s transport woes.
AS CITIES around the world look for ways to check growing traffic congestion, the monorail is emerging as an attractive option.

One such city is Hanoi in Vietnam, which is celebrating its 1,000th year next year and is home to five million people.

Against a backdrop of heritage-rich structures, quaint lakes and old trees, traffic jams have been plaguing the city where motorbikes and bicycles are found at virtually every corner.

Roads and streets are narrow and cannot cater to the rising number of vehicles that are mushrooming in tandem with the rising affluence of the country.

The Hanoi authorities have set about finding a quick and painless solution.

"The Vietnamese Government has outlined a master plan for the city and identified that there are potential corridors for monorails," Scomi Engineering Bhd president Hilmy Zaini Zainal said.

Like most Asian countries, Vietnam appears to have a vacuum in its public transport infrastructure between the public bus service and its railway systems.

Interestingly, Hanoi used to boast a tram system, but Hilmy said this was discontinued to let cars, motorcyles and trucks have better use of the roads.

In April, Scomi Engineering inked a collaborative agreement with the Hanoi Metropolitan Rail Management Board to form a strategic partnership. They will prepare a feasibility study on the implementation of a monorail system in Hanoi.

The tie-up has been granted an exclusive right by Hanoi's People's Committee to prepare a comprehensive proposal on a monorail network that would also be connected with other urban transportation systems. This would include eight lines of urban rail network and urban and inter-urban bus networks to allow for transfers with the rail system.

As for the monorail system, a 52km circle line around Hanoi was proposed. Scomi Engineering is due to complete its proposal around October this year.

Among others, the areas to be covered by Scomi Engineering as part of its feasibility study will include ridership, system and alignment concepts, soil investigation, underground utilities mapping and financial modelling.

"The execution of this collaboration agreement, signifies acceptance and confidence in Scomi's monorail technology," said Scomi Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd director Datuk Siddiq Firdause Mohd Ali.

Scomi Transportation Systems is an authorised representative of Scomi Engineering. Scomi has been operating through a representative office in Vietnam since 2007.

"From our representative office, we have introduced the various businesses of the group such as oilfield services, production enhancement and energy logistics to Vietnam.

In November last year, Scomi unveiled its new Sutra monorail. Sutra is short for Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application.

Since then, it has formed alliances to bid for a number of projects in Malaysia and abroad.

In India, Scomi and its consortium partner Larsen & Toubro Ltd are among three groups shortlisted for the multi-billion-dollar Mumbai monorail project, which encompasses more than 20km of track.

Scomi is also eyeing countries like Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and South Korea.

At home, it is part of a group that includes Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd, bidding for a monorail project on Penang island.

"Today, we are seeing a growing interest in monorail as an urban transit solution, especially in cities where transit corridors are limited in space and dense in nature," said Siddiq.

"It is an environmentally-friendly urban transport solution that is a welcome addition to any city, to alleviate traffic congestion faced by many cities such as Hanoi and Penang's George Town, as a consequence of rapid urbanisation."

As a solution for congestion, Hilmy points to the monorail's benefits.

"Its smaller 'footprint', he says, "means less construction material and land and time to construct, which translates to lower cost of construction which can be carried out with minimum interruption to the city's road traffic."

"The monorail being on an elevated guide-way structure, will enhance the appearance of heritage cities and at the same time, accord the commuters with a good view of the city from vantage angles, apart from being aesthetically attractive."

Hilmy says Malaysian cities and towns like Putrajaya, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang and Johor Baru can also be a perfect match for a monorail system.

In the case of Hanoi and George Town where historical buildings abound, Hilmy said that the manoeuvrability of a monorail system helps to avoid building relocation or demolition.

"This," he said, "is because the monorails have the flexibility to negotiate curves of 50m radius like the KL Monorail, tight 90-degree turns like the Las Vegas Monorail and wrap a luxury hotel around the track like at the Grand Californian Courtyard hotel near Disneyland."
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Great video of Chiba's monorail. The thing goes MUCH faster than I thought it did, especially in lower density areas.

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Old June 19th, 2008, 03:40 AM   #283
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So i was on the las vegas monorail today.... and i gotta say the whole thing accelerates a little rough, i dont know if it was just the driver or if the trains are driverless and are programmed crappy, but it was rough.

Otherwise the system is great, sept im staying in the ass end of nowehere.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #284
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Scomi eyes Penang, India monorail deals
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2008/06/24, BusinessTimes


SCOMI Engineering Bhd, a unit of Scomi Group Bhd, is upbeat about securing a monorail contract in Mumbai, India, but hopes to secure the monorail project in Penang first.

Its president, Hilmy Zaini, said the company wants to introduce its second generation monorail called Sutra, which was launched in November last year in Penang, before launching the new innovative system to other parts of the world.

"It would be good for us to launch the new Sutra at the company's hometown in Penang," he told reporters after Scomi Engineering's annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Hilmy was asked to update the progress of the monorail project in Penang, which is currently facing uncertainty.

"There is nothing much to update. We are waiting for the results (whether to go on with the project or not). We don't know when (a decision will be made).

"The Mumbai monorail project is closing the tender in a few weeks time. But we hope to get the Penang monorail first," he said.

Scomi is part of a group that includes Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), which is bidding for the monorail project on Penang island.

In January this year, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd awarded a letter of intent for the project to MRCB, which formed a consortium with Penang Port Sdn Bhd and Scomi Engineering Bhd.

However, the project has been put in doubt after the Pakatan Rakyat win in Penang during the last general elections on March 8.

Apart from Mumbai and Penang, Hilmy said, the company is also looking to bid for monorail projects in the Middle East, Vietnam, Africa and several cities in India.

He said the company has been engaged to conduct feasibility studies in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

"We hope to complete the study in Vietnam in three months times, while in Saudi Arabia it will take between six months and a year to complete.

"When completed, we will present our findings to the respective authorities and submit our bids for the projects," he said.

Hilmy said the company aims to set up two new machine shops in a year, starting from 2009.
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Penang Monorail SHELVED

Breaking NEWS: PORR and Penang Monorail SHELVED !!!

Govt shelves Penang monorail, outer ring road

PUTRAJAYA, June 25 - The government will postpone the Penang Monorail and Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) project in a major review of the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP) despite adding another RM30 billion to the RM200 billion masterplan, officials said today.

Slashing the urban transport projects was meant to reallocate resources and mitigate soaring global crude oil prices, the officials said while briefing editors, denying it was meant to punish Penang for voting in the Opposition alliance of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as the state government.

The briefing came a day before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tables the mid-term review of the 9MP in Parliament. Abdullah's home state is Penang where the 17km PORR expressway from Tanjung Tokong to Glugor costing RM1.5 billion has caused controversy.

The RM2 billion monorail plan, while generally welcomed by Penangites, has been criticised as one of the main bidders is Scomi Group Berhad which is partly owned by Abdullah's only son Kamaluddin.

The officials said Abdullah will speak about reviewing state projects and giving priority to people-centred projects particularly food security and housing. Some RM10 billion of the increased sum for the remainder of the plan will go to the five growth corridors promoted by Abdullah.

The government also expects growth to continue at an average of six percent until 2010 while inflation, which saw a jump to 3.8 percent in May, will average 3-4 percent for the 2008-2010 period.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 04:07 PM   #286
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Mid-East's First Monorail Expected To Debut In April 2009
August 08, 2008 20:58 PM

DUBAI, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- A monorail system on Palm Jumeirah -- touted to be Middle East's first -- is expected to be operational by April 2009.

Palm Jumeirah's developer Nakheel said trial runs of the Palm Monorail, capable of transporting more than 40,000 people daily, would start in October.

Nakheel's managing director for investment projects, Robert Lee, said the 5.45km double track system had been completed on schedule and the monorail vehicles would arrive from Japan soon for the six-month testing period.

"In preparation for this process, a number of our staff travelled to Osaka to be trained, taking advantage of the close relationship between the governments of the twinned cities of Dubai and Osaka," Lee said.

"We expect to have the monorail operational and capable of carrying more than 40,000 passengers on Palm Jumeirah each day by April 2009," he said in a statement.

Lee said the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority was working closely with the Office of British Rail for the Palm Monorail's inspection, and eventually certification, process. The system will ultimately connect to the Dubai Metro which is under construction.

Engineered by leading railway system manufacturer Hitachi Ltd, the monorail vehicles are undergoing final inspection in Japan before arriving in Dubai, said Nakheel.

The Palm Monorail is being developed by a consortium of leading international companies led by Marubeni Corporation. The system is fully automatic and driverless although an attendant will be on board at all times.

Nakheel's Dubai portfolio currently includes Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Deira, The World, Waterfront, The Universe, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Heights, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Furjan, International City and Dragon Mart.

According to the company, its projects are conservatively estimated to be worth US$80 billion. Upon completion, Nakheel's waterfront projects will have added more than 1,000 kilometres of shoreline to Dubai's coastline.

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Scomi Close To Clinching Mumbai Monorail Project
August 14, 2008 15:16 PM
By P.Vijian

NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- A consortium, comprising Scomi Engineering Bhd and its co-partner Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), is believed to be the successful bidder for the RM1.01 billion first monorail project in Mumbai.

The other bidder was Reliance Infrastructure, which had partnered with Japanese firm Hitachi, to construct the 20-km elevated monorail in India's financial capital.

The Times of India reported that Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad, said the main deciding factor was the time frame to complete the project.

"The bid submitted by L&T and Scomi was more sound and promising than the one submitted by Anil's Reliance Infrastructure and Hitachi of Japan," Gaikwad was quoting as saying by the Times.

According to Gaikwad, L&T and Scomi promised to complete the project within 24 months while Reliance Infrastructure, headed by its India's business tycoon Anil Ambani, needed over 50 months for the first phase of the mega project.

In Mumbai, sources familiar with the project told Bernama that Scomi and L&T were in the final process of fine-tuning the pricing details and the final announcement could be made any time soon.

Initially, seven companies had submitted their bids for the project, which would be implemented on a built, operate and transfer basis and expected to come on stream within two years.

Finally, MMRDA shortlisted the bidders to two and Reliance Infrastructure and Scomi and L&T submitted their financial and technical bids for India's first monorail project on July 16.

The metro lines would supplement existing railways and help ease the traffic-choked city, with nearly 11 million people who travel daily on public transport.

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Scomi Hopes For Final Decision On Mumbai Monorail Project This Year
September 17, 2008 15:16 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (Bernama) - Scomi Engineering Bhd hopes to get the final decision on the RM1.01 billion monorail project in Mumbai within this year.

"We put in the bid two months ago and it is still under technical and commercial evaluation," its president, Hilmy Zaini told Bernama after a breaking of fast event hosted by the Scomi Group at the Bernama headquarters here on Tuesday.

Hilmy said this when asked about a news report stating that a consortium, comprising Scomi Engineering and its co-partner, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), is believed to be the successful bidder for the project.

"I hope the result of the bidding will be made known soon," he added.

The other bidder is Reliance Infrastructure, which has partnered Japanese firm Hitachi for the bid to construct the 20-km elevated monorail in India's financial capital.

The Times of India reported the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad, as saying that the deciding factor for the bid is the time frame to complete the project.

"The bid submitted by L&T and Scomi is more sound and promising compared to the one by Reliance Infrastructure and Hitachi," Gaikwad was also quoted as saying in the Times report.

According to Gaikwad, L&T and Scomi had promised to complete the project within 24 months. Reliance Infrastructure, helmed by Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani on the other hand, had indicated it needed over 50 months for the first phase of the mega project.

Seven companies had submitted initial bids for the project, which would be implemented on a build, operate and transfer basis.The MMRDA shortlisted L&T and Scomi as well as the Reliance Infrastructure/Hitachi partnership for final consideration.

The metro line would supplement the existing railway system and help the traffic-choked city of nearly 11 million people who use public transport for their daily travel.

Also attending the breaking of fast was Scomi Group chief executive officer, Shah Hakim Zain and Bernama's Economic Service deputy editor-in-chief, Salbiah Said.

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there is some controversy on this one. The reliance consortium is complaining to the govt. that it criteria for selection if flawed and the time take should not be the only consideration. They are also claiming that the Scomi design is flawed...

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Scomi team tipped to win RM1b Mumbai project
Published: 2008/09/18



SCOMI Engineering Bhd hopes to get the final decision on the RM1.01 billion monorail project in Mumbai, India, within this year.

"We put in the bid two months ago and it is still under technical and commercial evaluation," president Hilmy Zaini said after a breaking of fast event hosted by the Scomi group at the Bernama headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Hilmy said this when asked about a news report stating that a consortium, comprising Scomi Engineering and its co-partner, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), is believed to be the successful bidder for the project.

"I hope the result of the bidding will be made known soon," he added.

The other bidder is Reliance Infrastructure, which has partnered Japanese firm Hitachi for the bid to construct the 20-km elevated monorail in India's financial capital.

The Times of India reported the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad, as saying that the deciding factor for the bid is the time frame to complete the project.

"The bid submitted by L&T and Scomi is more sound and promising compared to the one by Reliance Infrastructure and Hitachi," Gaikwad was also quoted as saying in the Times report.

According to Gaikwad, L&T and Scomi had promised to complete the project within 24 months. Reliance Infrastructure, helmed by Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani, on the other hand, had indicated it needed over 50 months for the first phase of the mega project.

Seven companies had submitted initial bids for the project, which will be implemented on a build, operate and transfer basis.The MMRDA shortlisted L&T and Scomi as well as the Reliance Infrastructure/Hitachi partnership for final consideration. - Bernama
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iran will get soon 4monorail lines for tehran
from southeast-north east
from north est - north west
from nortwest - south west
from south west - south east

then there wil be monorail for tehran mashad
a moniorail for mashad city
and a monorail for karaj city
all should be implented till 2012!
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put the monorail plan above this then u have a view what tehran will look like in th efuture!image hosted on flickr
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When will Las Vegas have the expansion to the airport completed? The casinos have so much money and it would benefit them so much that I am shocked it's taking so long.
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I'm not that well informed... Are there any Monorails planned for Europe? Or even Germany?

Is there a map or something regarding this?
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When will Las Vegas have the expansion to the airport completed? The casinos have so much money and it would benefit them so much that I am shocked it's taking so long.
Well... a taxi for 2 people to a strip hotel/casino costs about the same as the monorail fair and you don't have to wait for anything and will take you directly to the hotel.
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http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/...fb91ad22d.aspx

Six-km monorail to link RTA's Purple Line



The monorail will internally link the City of Arabia, which will house about 40,000 residents, and no resident will have to walk more than 200 metres to reach a station.

By Sona Nambiar on Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group has awarded a Dh500-million monorail contract for the City of Arabia to Metrail AG of Switzerland.

"The major highlight of the monorail is it uses a variety of energy-efficient options – battery, hybrid engine and solar energy. This makes it a first in this region," said Alex Vacha, Concept Architect and Deputy Director for Projects, City of Arabia in an exclusive interview with Emirates Business.

"We plan to start with a two-kilometre stretch in the initial phase. When completed, one station of the monorail is expected to link the City of Arabia with RTA's proposed Purple Line. We plan to house a station inside RTA's Metro station," he said.

The network will consist of about six km of dual guideway with 11 stations and six two-car trains. The first section of the alignment is planned to be operational in 12 to 18 months. The developer has not yet taken a final decision on whether commuters will pay for the services. "The monorail is currently planned as a service for residents and we have not yet looked at ticketing systems," said Vacha.

"The contract, was awarded to Metrail because of our commitment to provide a safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation system within the City of Arabia. Metrail's unique and advanced green technology will add to Galadari Group's commitment to environment," said Ilyas Galadari, Chairman, IMG.

Metrail's rolling stock and systems are being developed in conjunction with Metrail's technical partner, Frazer-Nash Group of the UK. Italian-based Giugiaro Design will provide styling and engineering services for the rolling stock based on the innovative design and powertrain technology of Metrail/ Frazer-Nash.

"It made the difference between a viable public transport system and a subsidised one," said Mustafa Galadari, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, IMG.

The design and consultancy of the civil and infrastructure works will be provided by Sundaram Architects of India, whose principal, R Sundaram is the current President of the Structural Engineers World Congress. The safety and verification services will be provided by Scandpower of Norway.

"Metrail is delighted to have been selected by City of Arabia to supply its innovative hybrid monorail system to this prestigious project. Our monorail technology has evolved from more than 20 years of electric and hybrid electric research and development. Metrail is confident the success of the City of Arabia project will unlock the considerable potential for other Metrail monorail mass transit projects to be carried out not only in the UAE but also in the rest of the world," said Bill Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Metrail.

The Metrail system has lower capital costs and its recurring operational costs are about 10 per cent of those offered by five other multinational bidders, said Vacha.

"The technology cuts the viaduct costs, which comprises half the costs of building the monorail," said Vacha. "In this system, the rolling stock is lighter and so the viaduct is also lighter. In turn, the span beams get lighter and this cuts down the initial capital expenditure when compared to the standard monorail system." The carriages are constructed using the latest lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre and kevlar.

Besides this form of monorail does away with the power grid for traction. "The monorail uses an advanced form of kinetic energy recovery system. Any gaps in terms of energy will be supplemented by a low-voltage energy source, which will move the train.

"The monorail will also have solar panels on the roof. The running cost drastically goes down because you are using a fraction of the power of normal systems. The monorail has been an integral part of the project since the concept design stage," said Vacha. "We saw it as an alternative transportation system, when we did the concept design for the City of Arabia. It ties it in with rest of the vision. The monorail was seen as a people mover within a city of 40,000 residents. There are two stations in Mall of Arabia at two opposite ends. Its service frequency will be every five to six minutes and no resident will have to walk beyond 150-200 metres to reach a station."

Transportation was a key issue addressed from the inception of the project, he said. "The concept design was developed in such a way that people can use alternative modes of transport within the City of Arabia. Starting with Wadi Walk, the 10-km long river meandering through the project, which will encourage people to walk. Residents can also use the battery-operated boats or bridges to cross over to the other side. Besides, we will have pedestrian paths under the bridges. You can walk around the city without crossing busy roads and the monorail fits perfectly into the scheme of things," said Vacha.

City of Arabia is a $5 billion (Dh18.3bn) development in Dubailand. It spreads across 20m sqft and comprises retail, residential, commercial and entertainment facilities.

Its signature elements are Mall of Arabia, one of the world's largest malls; Restless Planet – a $300m theme park, an earth science museum and planetarium; Wadi Walk, a water front community; Elite Towers, a group of 34 commercial and residential buildings and the Metrail monorail, which will transport residents and visitors around the development.

On completion, City of Arabia will house about 40,000 residents and boast a catchment area with about 1.9 million people.

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For those not familiar with Metrail, their design featurs an on-board hybrid power plant. There is no fixed electrical system attached to the guideway. The following photo is from Metrail's test facility in Malaysia:



For more information, see the Metrail website:

http://www.metrail.com/

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Zaragoza (Spain) opened a short monorrail line as a people mover. It is linking two sites of a commercial centre.

Characteristics:
Capacity for 36 people,
Length of line: 700 metres
Time of journey: 4 minutes,
Speed: 14 kms/h
Cost of trip: Free of charge
Type of operation: Without driver. Automatic doors at platforms.
Track: At 6 mts high, on 39 columns
Day of opening: 3rd Sept. 2008

A picture of it can be found in this entry of my blog (sorry... I still don't know how to upload them here...). The text is in Spanish, but you can get an idea of the monorrail, already in use.
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Scomi's monorail going places
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/10/03 BusinessTimes



Scomi Engineering is believed to be in talks with a party in Bahrain to submit a proposal to the government there as well as readying a proposal for two monorail lines in Bangkok

SCOMI Engineering Bhd is set to submit proposals to the authorities in Bahrain and Thailand next year for urban monorail systems.

Sources said the company is using its network as an oil and gas player in the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, and it has been doing the groundwork for monorail systems in some of these cities for over a year.

"The company expects to be busy with monorail systems in these markets over the next five years," a source told Business Times.

Scomi Engineering is believed to be in talks with a party in Bahrain to submit a proposal to the government there.

This week, the Bahrain government announced an overhauling of the country's public transportation through the introduction of a monorail metro system.

Media reports in the Middle East stated that the Bahrain government had ordered a feasibility study to revamp the transportation system to ease congestion on its roads and pre-empt mounting traffic.

Besides Bahrain, Scomi is also eyeing Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as potential monorail markets. It plans to use the Middle East as a launchpad to enter North Africa.

The source also said that the Thai government had visited many cities across the globe, including Kuala Lumpur, to study monorail systems.

"The Thai authorities are looking at ways to complement the country's rail-way projects with monorail systems to cut cost, noise and construction time," he said.

Monorails, he noted, can be completed in two to three years and halve the construction cost compared with that for elevated railways. It also reduces noise pollution because of its rubber wheels.

"Scomi is currently preparing to make a study and this will be followed up with a proposal for two monorail lines in Bangkok," the source added.

It was reported that Thailand's Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning had announced that two railway projects, the 12km Lat Phrao-Bang Kapi-Hua Mak Yellow Line and the 10km Tiwanont-Chaeng Watthana-Bang Sue Pink Line, would be converted from ordinary railways to monorails, which are reported to be more suited for construction along narrow routes.
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Daegu announces it’s 3rd subway…I mean, monorail, by 2014
By:Galbijim

Daegu’s Urban Railroad Construction Headquarters held a news conference to announce the completion of the planning phase for the construction of the city’s 3rd subway line. After discussing the project with engineers and citizens, it has been decided that the new subway line will be built above ground as a monorail.

This briefing touched upon the current progress, construction plans, vehicles, system plans, surroundings, expected environmental effects and experts’ opinions.

The subway line will span 24 km and have 30 subway stations, from Dongho-dong, Chilgok in the north, winding down through the northwest side of central Daegu with stops near Paldal Bridge and Dalseong Park. It will intersect with Seomun Market Station of Line 2 and continue south to Keimyung University’s Daemyeong Campus. Then it will veer east and intersect with Line 1 at Myeongdeok Station and then stretch further east to Dongdaegu Road, which runs south of Beomeo Station. From here it will head south down to Suseong Lake and angle further east past Dong-A Department Store in Beommul-dong.

Negotiations began last September with Hitachi and Woojin Industrial Systems and still remains undecided as to who will given the lucrative development contract. The subway will be slated to begin operating in 2014.

The operation of the 3rd line will be unmanned and fully automated with state-of-the-art equipment. The windows are going to have mist windows to respect the privacy of apartments when passing by. It will run on rubber tires and a train-skirt will work to muffle noise.

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The following is some concept art of what some of the visuals of the train will look like on its route:

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Leaving Chilgok

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Passing Debec Plaza.

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Making the big turn in Suseong-gu, two blocks south of Beomeo at Gumjeong Mansion Intersection.

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Passing through Hwanggeum Intersection (stumbling distance from Ariana Brau!)

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Finishing up at Suseong Dong-A.

Source:Newswire
Translated by Aesook Shin
Edited by Craig White
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