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Monorail

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Lakee911 wrote >>
    Where did the map come from?
    So, what’s the difference between light rail, high-speed rail, mono-rail, trains, trollys, etc?

    th0m made it: https://www.columbusunderground.com/potential-columbus-light-rail-map

    As for the differences in systems:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_rail_transit

    http://www.trainweb.org/kenrail/Rail_mode_defined.html

    #154960

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    Lakee911 wrote >>

    So, what’s the difference between light rail, high-speed rail, mono-rail, trains, trollys, etc?

    just to catch ya up…

    light rail: moves people around parts of a city within a rail dedicated right-of-way (sometimes in tunnels, i.e. subway). The idea is that it’s faster than a bus to go crosstown and more efficient than a bus because of lower rolling friction and efficiency of scale therefore less expensive per passenger mile to operate once built. Also easier to electrically power than buses, to eliminate the need for diesel and, in practice, smooth out funding problems caused by rapid fluctuation of fuel prices.

    high-speed rail: moves people between cities. In theory, quickly. In practice it’s difficult except in flat places. Basic Amtrak trains currently run pretty slow through the mountains but once on flat land they can go 120mph. The high speed trains on the other hand can get up over 200 mph. High speed rail systems are designed to have the speed and efficiency advantage over cars, and an efficiency advantage over airplanes. In current practice amtrak’s only high speed system has not been completed yet, and large sections of track remain un-improved which hinders speed. However, the improved tracks allow other trains that use them to run at top speed, which is awesome when you’re on one.

    Mono-rail: Designed originally to implement a light rail system on a small, single rail to minimize disruption of tight urban areas where tunneling is not practical. The first was actually designed to run suspended over top of a river in a town in Germany where no other space was available for a rail system. It is still in operation today after over 100 years and moves 25 million people per year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwebebahn_Wuppertal The Seattle monorail was designed to move people from the downtown area to the site of the worlds fair. It was built quickly in modular sections and was originally designed to be REMOVED after the fair. however, it had already payed for itself so they decided to just keep it around.

    Trollies: also called streetcars are lower speed rail systems designed to run along existing streets and move people around within a neighborhood. The advantage over buses is central electrical power and reduced rolling friction which serves to lower per-passenger operating costs, and quiet operation, which minimizes operating disruption of quiet neighborhoods. There is greater impact to an area with streetcars than with a monorail (suspended OVER the street). But, there is an accessibility and cost advantage, as people can just simply step on and off the cars at stops and not have to climb stairs to station stops. Some ‘streetbus’ systems use modified buses that click onto the overhead power system to take advantage of electrical power. These lose the advantage of having a lower rolling friction and thus have higher operating costs with a trade-off of lower one time construction costs.

    #154961

    dubdave00
    Participant

    I hear those things are awfully loud… Is there a chance the track could bend?

    #154962

    Columbusite
    Member

    Wuppertal, Germany (pop. 360,000) has an 8.2 mile suspended monorail.



    Image from Wikipedia

    You can browse the videos at youtube.

    #154963

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    dubdave00 wrote >>
    I hear those things are awfully loud… Is there a chance the track could bend?

    Not a chance, my Hindu friend.

    I think OSU could run a successful monorail from West Campus into the Main Campus area.

    #154964

    groundrules
    Participant

    Rockmastermike wrote >>

    Lakee911 wrote >>
    So, what’s the difference between light rail, high-speed rail, mono-rail, trains, trollys, etc?

    just to catch ya up…
    light rail: for east coast cities
    high-speed rail: for europe
    Mono-rail: for theme parks
    Trollies: for san francisco

    reader’s digest, yo.

    #1031570

    BubbaJuan
    Participant

    Columbia ( the country ) implemented a gondola like system to move its people around which I think would be a less expensive and easie option to implement for Columbus. It could be build above the interstate system and run fairly efficiently. It could be build being funded by say a 5-10 ent tax on gasoline. If Columbus leaders could sell it to the population, think about how much or city could grow with less congested freeways and the money that could be saved by having fewer dollars leave the local economy in the way of petro dollars. Also, people might not have to have 2 cars for their family and thus save even more money. Lest we not forget, think of the productivity gains by being able to work on the internet while commuting or the lives that cold be saved by avoiding texting while driving or DUI’s. It could be backed up by COTA shuttle buses that would operate in a local community suburb so there would be a feeder system that could also help move people aound within a local community without a hugeass COTA bus destroying the roadways and driving around 80% empty. People would have more money in their pockets andthiswould pur our Columbus Community to grow as well as being part of the “wre making Columbus Great”campaign. Heres a link to the Columbia syse :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrocable_(Medell%C3%ADn)

    talk Discuss Make it happen !!

    Sincerely,

    BubbaJuan

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