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Old November 28th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #321
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http://www.hitachi-rail.com/rail_now...002/index.html

Hitachi Transportation Systems Wins a USD 333 Million Contract for Urban Transit Monorail System in Daegu Metropolitan City, Korea
2 October 2008



Hitachi, Ltd., Transportation Systems announced that it has been awarded a new contract to supply the core sub-systems, i.e. monorail vehicles, track switches and signaling system, of the 24 kilometer monorail system that connects the northwestern and southeastern sections of Daegu city. This monorail system will be the first urban transit monorail system to be introduced in Korea. Civil construction will begin in early 2009, and the entire monorail system is scheduled to be ready for commercial operation by end of October 2014.

This Daegu monorail system will be an “Automated Driverless Operation System” and the very first monorail system in the world for the following unique charasteristics and state-of-the-art technologies.

1.“On-board Fire Fighting System (with application of water mist)” and “Emergency Egress Spiral Chute” will be installed in each train to enhance passenger safety;

2.Vehicle side windows in passenger compartments will be “Mist Glasses” with liquid crystal screens which will automatically change between “Blind” and “Transparent” mode in order to secure privacy of the residents along the monorail system route alignment; and

3.“Digital ATP System”, a field proven and state-of-the-art Distance-To-Go signalling system which was developed by Hitachi, allows trains to operate at shorter intervals than existing monorail systems.

Hitachi Railway Systems Korea Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. established in 2007, shall coordinate the project management, systems integration service, and management of Korean subcontractors throughout the contract term.

This new contract will be Hitachi’s largest order for a monorail system outside of Japan, and following orders from China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 04:12 AM   #322
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Old December 1st, 2008, 04:14 PM   #323
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Is Transrapid counted as "monorail"?

I guess, the concept "rail" is getting somewhat obsolete...
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Old February 28th, 2009, 02:57 AM   #324
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Mumbai deal puts Scomi on right track
By Marina EmmanuelPublished: 2009/02/28

As five Indian cities have allocated funds for monorail projects, Scomi is bullish that it is going to be kept on its toes in India over the next few years.

INDIA'S financial and entertainment capital - Mumbai - is home to a population of over 12 million.

More than half of the city's residents live in ramshackle huts packed near train stations or in the shadows of modern high-rises, making it a city of sharp contrasts.

There is immense wealth with gleaming skyscrapers but also gut-wrenching poverty in massive slums.

This second most populous city in the world generates more than 10 million daily passenger trips catered by suburban railways and public transport bus services which are provided by Brihan Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
An inadequate road network continues to slow down traffic, causing chaos during peak hours and pollution.

But for this vibrant city which served as a backdrop for the award-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" movie, and one whose peace was threatened last November by terrorist attacks, traffic respite has arrived in the form of a monorail system.

The government of Maharashtra - through the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) - has given the nod for India's first monorail system, as an option of reducing the burden on the other forms of transportation.

MMRDA's metropolitan commisioner Ratnakar Gaikwad told visiting Malaysian journalists recently that a US$60 billion (RM221.4 billion) budget has been allocated for investments until 2013.

"About 80 per cent of this amount will be used for the transport sector," he said.

With buses travelling at a snail's pace of 15km per hour due to the traffic, Gaikwad pointed to the fact that a main rail network and buses will not suffice to handle Mumbai's traffic.

"This is why a monorail is needed to ferry passengers to other areas from the main rail routes," he noted.

Enter Scomi Engineering Bhd (7366) and its Indian partner Larsen and Toubro Ltd, which last November clinched a RM1.85 billion monorail project in Mumbai.

Of the RM1.85 billion contract for the 19.5km monorail project, Scomi's portion is about RM785 million, or 42 per cent of the total contract value.

"Business opportunities in India are tremendous as there is massive growth in the rail industry," Scomi Engineering's project director, Suhaimi Yaacob, said in Mumbai recently.

"This is probably the only country in the world where a railway system remains profitable even when 40 per cent of its users do not pay fares."

Stating that there are five Indian cities which have allocated funds for monorail projects, Suhaimi is bullish that Scomi is going to be kept on their toes in India over the next few years.

"Once we begin the monorail service in Mumbai, we expect the government to place additional orders for more cars," he added.

The company is also eyeing two more monorail jobs in India - one in Bangalore and a second route in Mumbai - to be clinched by the end of the year.

Other monorail markets targeted in India include cities like Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, Patna in Bihar and New Delhi.

Suhaimi said the Bangalore monorail project is currently at the proposal stage and is likely to be carried out via a public-private-partnership basis.

"Scomi," he noted, "is unlikely to take a stake in the project but will work through a partner although this has not been firmed up as yet."

Scomi's partner in India for the Mumbai monorail project has nothing but high regard for its Malaysian participant.

"Although there are many proposals coming to us, we would prefer to work with Scomi," Larsen and Toubros' executive vice-president and head for corporate initiatives Shailendra Roy told Malaysian journalists.

Larsen and Toubro is India's largest engineering and construction company with operations in more than 30 countries.

"We see no reason to go through the learning curve again with a new party," Roy added.

"The MMRDA has given us a chance to partner Scomi on this monorail project and once it is a success, it will serve as an eye-opener in India and the rest of the world."
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Old May 28th, 2009, 05:59 AM   #325
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Scomi closer to US$3b Bahrain monorail job
By Marina EmmanuelPublished: 2009/05/28



Scomi Engineering is about to start identifying the exact route of the monorail and stations as well as how the project will be financed.

Scomi Engineering Bhd (7366), the energy and logistics engineering subsidiary of Scomi Group Bhd, is about to embark on the second phase of a feasibility study for a US$3 billion (RM10.5 billion) monorail system in Bahrain.

The Middle Eastern state's Works Minister Fahmi Al Jowder was reported as saying that Scomi Engineering had embarked on preliminary engineering studies on available lines for its first monorail network.

Bahrain is in the midst of a nationwide overhaul of its road network, which is expected to help the country cope with a growing population and new infrastructure development.

"Scomi Engineering will conduct the second phase of the study after already completing the first phase," Jowder was quoted as saying in the Construction Week Online, a news portal for Middle Eastern construction professionals.
"Phase One, which looked at the project's feasibility, was approved by the Cabinet in September 2008," he added.

Jowder said the second study will identify the exact route of the monorail and stations as well as how the project will be financed.

Construction, to be completed in three phases by 2030, is expected to stretch 83km and include six rail links.

The first phase is reported to consist of a 23km section and 18 stations.

It includes the Green Line, a light rail transit (LRT) from Juffair through Manama to Seef, and the Red Line, a tramway from the Bahrain International Airport through the diplomatic area to Seef.

Scomi Group senior vice-president Kanesan Velupillai said the group was working actively on the project and that its officials had just returned from a round of fruitful meetings with the Bahrain authorities.

"We expect to embark on the second phase of the study in the third quarter of this year and to complete it in four months," he told Business Times yesterday.

In pointing out that urban transportation had become a critical priority in the Middle East, Kanesan said large investments were being committed towards infrastructure development.

"There appears to be no slowdown, especially with urban transportation and trains, which have become a critical priority.

"We have already stationed a person in the Middle East, while an advance team is studying cities in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Abu Dhabi," he added.[/QUOTE]
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Old May 28th, 2009, 08:27 PM   #326
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The privacy screening window system sounds cool
Its similar to this I suppose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0whS1r1cNw8
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Old June 13th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #327
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Perhaps, a monorail road will be built in Belarus from Minsk to Logoysk.

Source (russian).
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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #328
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Scomi in monorail project talks abroad
Published: 2009/06/15

SCOMI Group Bhd's subsidiary Scomi Engineering Bhd is in talks with several countries which are considering the possibility of adopting a monorail system to improve their public transportation.

The countries are Nigeria, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, the company said in a statement issued during the company's annual general meeting(AGM), in Kuala Lumpur today.

It is also participating in several tenders for monorail projects in India.

Commenting on the development, its chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said: "Brazil will be hosting World Cup in 2014. Most of the cities in Brazil are very crowded and they have to improve their public transportation system.

"For other markets like Saudi Arabia, I think they need it because of the movement of pilgrims," he told reporters after the AGM.

Asked on the contribution of its Energy and Logistics Engineering Division, he said the division's contribution was still small but expected to exceed 10 per cent.

The major contribution is expected from Oilfield Services Division, which contributed over 70 per cent to the company's revenue last year.

Asmat said the group was cautiously optimistic about its performance for this financial year amid the current global economic slowdown.

"Cost of management is going to be the key factor," said Scomi Engineering chief operating officer, Syahrunizam Samsudin.

He said the group expected to be cost effective and keep its margin, and was carrying out rationalisation of its overseas operations.

"We are seeing the benefit from the initiatives and hope to see better results," he added.

Syahrunizam said the emphasis was on sustaining performance but at an optimal cost.

The company will also continue to invest in human capital to support the organisational transformation plans, he added. - Bernama
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Old March 27th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #329
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MISC | Monorails

The only Monorail thread we had is closed so I decided to open another one devoted to this type of transportation.

Most monorails in the world are small people movers, with the exception of the Chongqing metro in China, one line in Japan, the Kuala Lumpur line and a number of new lines being built in Sao Paulo and Bombay.


Some existing systems


Chongqing




Dubai

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Bombay








The Sao Paulo lines are

Line 15 - 54 seven-car trains supplied by Bombardier and made in Brazil. 18 stations. First 2 stations to open by May. It will serve an eastern peripheral low-income part of the city. Expected weekday ridership: 500,000 passengers/day. It will be the highest-capacity monorail line on the planet.













Line 17 - 5-car trains supplied by Scomi, also to be made in Brazil. The line will serve a major financial center of the city as well as the old domestic airport.







Line 18 - supplier not chosen yet. Not under construction yet. It will serve the Southeastern area of the metropolis (Sao Bernardo)




Please provide summaries of monorail lines elsewhere in the world so I can post overviews here.
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Las Vegas monorail is not a people mover. It has several stations and it operates quite a long line.
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The daily ridership of the Las Vegas monorail is 12,000, over 6km.

More than many people movers, but hardly meaningful publlic transportation by international standards.
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The daily ridership of the Las Vegas monorail is 12,000, over 6km.

More than many people movers, but hardly meaningful publlic transportation by international standards.
A 6km fixed-guideway public transportation line that carries 12.000 per day would be considered a success in any non-top-10 metro area in US.

Local context is also important. Moreover, the Las Vegas monorail has all the trappings of public transportation: several stations, operating as a line (not as a single-direction loo), use not geared towards a unique site/venue.
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And the stations are way too far from the actual destinations, which in this case would be the Strip. the line is ridiculous. It takes you from nowhere and brings you to another nowhere. It's not a public transportation, its an expensive toy. Ppl ride it just because they've never seen such thing.
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And the stations are way too far from the actual destinations, which in this case would be the Strip. the line is ridiculous. It takes you from nowhere and brings you to another nowhere. It's not a public transportation, its an expensive toy. Ppl ride it just because they've never seen such thing.
But stations have direct back-access to the casinos... and they have plans to extend the Monorail to the airport.
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The only Monorail thread we had is closed so I decided to open another one devoted to this type of transportation.

Most monorails in the world are small people movers, with the exception of the Chongqing metro in China, one line in Japan, the Kuala Lumpur line and a number of new lines being built in Sao Paulo and Bombay.

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The list of exceptions to the statement "Most monorails in the world are small people movers" should be greatly expanded. I recommend that anyone interested in this subject start here:

http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/Where.html

The list of transit monorail lines should include at least the following:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chongqing, China (2 Lines)
Mumbai, India
Daegu, South Korea (Under Construction)
Wuppertal, Germany
Moscow, Russia
Tokyo-Haneda, Japan
Kitakyushu, Japan
Chiba City, Japan
Osaka, Japan
Tama, Japan
Naha, Japan
Qom, Iran (Under Construction)
Las Vegas, USA
Sao Paulo, Brazil (2 Lines Under Construction)

We can argue about what constitutes a transit line versus a peoplemover. For the above list, I'm counting systems that have two parallel guideways and at least seven stations. This criteria brings in Las Vegas, but excludes Walt Disney World. I'm including lines that are in an advanced state of construction, but am excluding lines that are in the planning stage.
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Yes there are other Japanese lines. What is their size and ridership?

The Moscow and Wuppertal systems I consider "minor" like the Las Vegas system.
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Monorails are finally getting the respect they deserve as cost efficient, urban friendly, reliable, and affordable mass transit.
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But stations have direct back-access to the casinos... and they have plans to extend the Monorail to the airport.
Of course they have... but you need to walk hundreds of meters to get there. Very long walks make the line inconvenient. As for the airport extention... we hear about that since years... is it a decade already maybe?
Airport connector would be the best thing they could do... i dont get it, why they are waiting so long. For now Las Vegas monorail is a failure.

In other countries monorail can serve the city as a regular metro line. So it IS possible.
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What about Vancouver monorail projects?
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