|* Perfect for corridors
between cities where
highway right-of-way is available and high-speed, high-capacity service is needed.
* For crowded
metro (commuter) systems where high passenger-carrying capacity is needed
and right-of-way is scarce.
system has a wrap-around-the-beam design which makes it extraordinarily stable, safe,
comfortable, and fast. It is an advance version of earlier monorail designs with greatly
This high-speed monorail is powered by a
linear motor which is very
quiet (has no moving parts), drives the monorail at high speeds, enables it to climb steep
grades, and operates in rain, snow or ice. By
combining this type of fixed guideway system and linear induction motors, a substantial
amount of "lift" can be generated as well as "thrust". This MagliftTM technology has been
qualified by the federal government as being eligible for federal funding under
traditional "maglev" programs. However,
technology differs substantially from conventional high-risk, high-cost, maglev systems in
that it develops substantial lift without losing contact with the guideway, thus providing
a safer more cost effective transportation solution.
This monorail system is excellent for
intercity applications. It can
travel at very high speed, can follow an interstate highway's route (staying within the
existing right-of-way), and is less expensive than other rapid transit systems. The
monorail has advantages over other intercity solutions including conventional trains (i.e.
TGV, etc.), and maglev systems (i.e. German Transrapid and Maglev 2000, etc.).
This monorail is equally at home in
metro (commuter) applications. Its
elevation above existing roads eases land acquisition and usage problems. It offers high passenger-carrying capacity, and
can be integrated seamlessly with an intercity system with the same monorails, building
ridership throughout the system. The monorail has advantages over other metro solutions,
including highway widening, light rail construction, pendulum monorails, commuter rail,
and automated people movers.
This monorail is friendly to the
environment. It is quiet, requires minimal excavations and rock
cuts, minimizes the acquisition of new right-of-way, and is energy efficient.
There are an estimated 100
corridors worldwide connecting
city-pairs which are 150 to 600 miles apart--a market where a high speed monorail could
compete effectively with air and highway travel. Twenty-six of these corridors have been
identified in the US.
benefits are a significant factor in selecting a high-speed transportation system. MagliftTM monorail technology has
low capital cost, low operating costs, high passenger comfort and service, and significant
indirect benefits to society such as reduced highway congestion and reduced automobile
exhaust emissions. When estimating the
cost of a monorail system, the
dominant factors are the cost of ROW acquisition and the need for special structures
A key to all transit projects is the ability to organize a
consortium of companies which
bring together the financing, engineering, construction, and project management expertise
necessary to execute a major transit project. Local companies should normally be included
in a consortium to bring important local insight and support.
We invite you to e-mail Meneren principal,
Bill Tolbert, if you would like to
discuss a high-speed monorail system for your corridor.
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