discusses monorail as a possible solution for Metro to study. "Monorail a
Big Hit in Vegas, but Here?":
HoustonChronicle.com - Vegas monorail offers option
for Metro to study
has created a
Crash log map (with photos) of all the accidents associated with their
new light rail line. Is Austin next? We believe that this is what is in
store for Austin if light rail is eventually approved. You heard it here
of our recent outreach effort at the 2004 Travis County Democratic
Austin Monorail route map
Dynamic Monorails of the World Map
Thanks to Tony Eklund for programming of these maps.
New single page flyer in .pdf format:
Monorail Myths vs. Facts (updated 2/12/04)
Houston Metro officials are so concerned about accidents
with the new light rail line that they are planning to leave the trains
idle during evening festivities, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Imagine leaving a public transit system idle during the peak periods when
the public is most likely to want transportation!
"The sleek new trains were involved in minor accidents with
automobiles five times during testing and once since the official opening
at the start of the year. Local leaders were so eager to avoid accidents
during Super Bowl weekend they coughed up $110,000 in public money for a
barrier along four downtown blocks. They also intend to leave the trains
idle downtown during evening festivities". - WSJ, 1/22/04.
According to Ben Wear of the Statesman, "Capital Metro is investing tens
of millions of taxpayer dollars in a freight line that is losing millions
of dollars every year." Is this so that Capital Metro can run passenger
rail on the tracks? Read Ben Wear's article in the Statesman,
'Capital Metro carrying the freight' . If passenger rail does pass,
add the $35.6 million dollar cost of this 'stealth' upgrade to
Capital Metro's 'announced' passenger rail cost next year.
Report on Capital Metro's recent update on their proposed routes.
Part 1 of our Capital Metro Update
comments on their proposed Rapid Bus Transit route. Part 2 (upcoming) will
comment on their proposed commuter rail route.
Baltimore-Washington Maglev Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
is now available on their
yourself about Modern Maglev technology by reading this document. Enjoy!
We submitted a letter to the editor in
favor of Maglev to the Statesman and an expanded version later to the
Chronicle. It was never printed. We encourage readers with similar views
to write a letter to the Editor of the
Statesman or the
Chronicle in favor of Maglev. We have also emailed the same basic
letter to the
City Council. We encourage
you to also make your views known to them.
We favor high-speed Maglev for
inter-city transit, such as between Austin and San Antonio and
traditional Monorail for intra-city transit. Look soon for a new
page showcasing Maglev technology and why it is a superior solution for
the Austin-San Antonio commuter rail corridor. To get started, here
FAQ from the
Pennsylvania Project - High Speed Maglev website.
We will also be posting our new page on
our upcoming Monorail/Maglev conference very soon.
We have also slightly updated our
Links page to include some Maglev resources. Look
for a significantly updated links page soon.
Added links on our
Links Page to
Monorail Company and
Team Monorail, two teams specifically formed to compete for the
design/build/operate/maintain (DBOM) contract of the
Seattle Monorail Project.
The Truth About Monorail
Capital Construction Costs (Part 1): NOT $150 Million a Mile
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