WIT Press


The Potential Application Of Monorail Technology As A Tool For Economic Redevelopment—a Case Study Fresno, California

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT010101

Volume

52

Pages

9

Published

2001

Size

983 kb

Author(s)

W.E. Rice

Abstract

Often transportation authorities regard monorail technology as appropriate only for theme parks and airport people movers. This is despite the fact the Wuppertal, Germany monorail, the world's oldest operating monorail system, has carried in an urban transportation environment more than two billion passengers since 1901. Recently, monorails have been planned and built as an integral part of intermodal urban transport systems. Proponents of monorails argue that monorails have both low construction and operating costs, have very low accident rates because of being elevated away form surface traffic, are environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Fresno, California has experienced a deterioration of its urban central core. The post World War II discovery o

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