Raleigh's New Transportation System - The Monorail


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Think about the way a typical convention visitor gets around Raleigh today. The visitor lands at the airport, spends something close to a hundred dollars a day renting a car (once you pay for the car, the fees, the taxes, the insurance, the gas and the parking), and then leaves that car parked for 95% of the time he/she is here. Or you take a cab, but you pay $40 to get from the airport to your hotel, and then you have to call another cab every time you need to go somewhere. It can be just as expensive as renting a car. And either way, if you need to go anywhere at 8AM or 5PM, you are probably stuck in a huge traffic jam on I-40.

The City of the Future needs a transportation system that solves these problems for its visitors. And its residents too. Traffic is a huge problem, and the City of the Future needs to eliminate traffic once and for all.

The good news is that there are a number of new transportation systems that are far more flexible, and far less expensive, than the "rapid transit" systems of the past. Let's take a look at several different systems that are being promoted today. The videos let you see what the systems look like:

  • SkyTran

  • ULTra PRT

  • Skyweb express

  • There's also this system, being built in Michigan:

    Solar + Hydrogen Power Interstate Rail coming to Michigan!

    From the article:

      What do you get when you combine the innovation of MagLev technology with solar power, hydrogen fuel, and a futuristic aesthetic? The Interstate Traveler Hydrogen Super Highway, or the Traveler- a ground-breaking solar powered, hydrogen-fueled, zero emission mass transit system that would carry everything from people to cars in sustainable style and carbon neutral function. The construction is set to begin this year, and would connect Ann Arbor and Detroit.

    Some early animations of the system:

Visit the web sites for these transportation systems. The technology has come a long way, and these systems are both inexpensive and flexible. Because they are raised, it is easy to install them,for example, down the median or along the sides of existing highways.

Systems like these would be perfect for the city of the future.

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