28/09/2016 - BYD surprise in China
Shenzhen, China. BYD Company Limited, an electric car and rechargeable battery manufacturer, is investing in China's huge monorail market potential in a big way. The monorail world has again been surprised with photographs of yet another Chinese company developing their own monorail technology. A station and sleek train are part of a 4.4 kilometer test track being constructed on the BYD campus in Shenzhen. The prototype train has a three-car configuration. Once the prototype is proven, eight-car trains will be possible for revenue-producing systems. Wang Chuanfu, BYD chairman, has said "Monorail systems are a potential 3 trillion yuan (US $450 billion) market in China, based on an average 70km network in each of an estimated 300 cities, and will become a new major growth area for the company." Wang also pointed out monorails can be built for one-sixth the cost of a subway system and are also far cheaper to maintain. The company is making use of its battery and electric car technology experience in the development of their monorails.
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BYD Monorail; the most streamlined monorail ever built? (photos courtesy of xchuxing.com)
06/092016 - Bangkok cabinet approves Gold Line Bangkok, Thailand. Proposed in July of 2015, the Gold Line Monorail has been approved by Bangkok's cabinet. The 2.7-kilometer line will run from BTS Green Line's Thonburi Station to Prachathipok. Four stations will dot the line. The Gold Line will also connect with the Purple Line. The cabinet also ordered a study on possible visual impacts of the monorail along the Chao Phraya River. The Gold Line joins plans for at least two other monorail projects, the Pink and Yellow Lines.
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20/08/2016 -Success on 1st trial run: Mumbai Phase II
Mumbai, India. Great news for the Mumbai Monorail came Friday when Train number 9 completed a successful first trial run on part of the new Phase II track.
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09/06/2016 - Glasgow Monorail proposed - reports The Monorail Society. Jim Becket, 78, and brother John, 77, believe they have a better idea than Glasgow's government desire for trams. Beckett was a prominent engineer on the Channel Tunnel project, and now in retirement is trying to improve transport for the city of Glasgow. The brothers spent seven months researching and drawing up the plans they hope will inspire transport officials. Their 12-kilometre 'Clyde Monorail' is estimated to cost around £300 million. The monorail would allow passengers to travel from Glasgow to the airport in 18 minutes. www.clydemonorail.co.uk
01/06/2016 - Railway Gazette International reports - São Paulo monorail contract awarded. Scomi Engineering has been awarded a 504·6m ringgit contract for additional works on metro Line 17 (Gold Line) in São Paulo, the Malaysian company announced on June 1.
10/05/2016 - Nigeria's Metro News reports - Lagos to Construct Marina-Ikoyi-Lekki Monorail Project. The Lagos State Government monday disclosed its plan to construct a monorail that would link Marina, Ikoyi and Lekki, stating that the project would cost $1billion.
03/05/2016 - Las Vegas Review-Journal reports - Monorail to use interest money to kick-start expansion to Mandalay Bay. The non-profit Las Vegas monorail could be extended by a mile to the Mandalay Bay hotel.
21/04/2016 - Mexico City - 'The News' reports - Monorail will connect Metro with city's new airport .The director of the Public Transport System (STC), Jorge Gaviño Ambriz, announced that the possibility of connecting the Metro with the new airport planned for Mexico City by a magnetic monorail, utilizing the existing corridors for lines 1 and B.
01/03/2016 - Railway Gazette International reports - Bangkok monorail lines approved. THAILAND: The government’s Public-Private Partnership Policy Committee approved in principle the Pink and Yellow monorail lines planned for Bangkok on February 29.
The 34·5 km Pink Line, running from Khai Rai to Minburi, is estimated to cost 56·7bn baht to build. The Yellow Line would link Ladprao with Samrong on a 30 km alignment and has an estimated cost of 54·6bn baht.
Government agency Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has been assigned to prepare project studies, which are due to be submitted for cabinet approval by the end of March. Both lines are due to be commissioned in 2020.
04/02/2016 - Railway Gazette International reports - South Korea: Incheon Airport maglev starts passenger services. Passenger services on the first urban maglev line with domestically-developed technology began on February 3.
Services on the 6·1 km line between Incheon International Airport and Yongyu with six stations run every 15 min between 09.00 and 18.00, although the operating hours are set to expand in the future.
Hyundai Rotem has supplied four driverless trains, each with capacity for 230 passengers. The vehicles have a maximum speed of 110 km/h, and run at up to 80 km/h during commercial service.
18/01/2016 - Railway Gazette International reports - Panamá City metro Line 3 agreement signed. Deputy Foreign Minister Luis Miguel Hincapié and the Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Hitoshi Kikawada signed a technical and financial co-operation agreement for the construction of Panamá City metro Line 3 on January 14.
The memorandum currently specifies the use of ‘high-quality Japanese technology’ to build a 26·7 km monorail line with 14 stations.
21/11/2017 - The LA Review-Journal reports that Clark County has granted approval for the 1-mile extension to the Vegas monorail, expanding its route from the MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay.
21/09/2017 - An article in LANEWS.ORG predicts the growth of monrail systems:
28/08/2017- Egypt's Daily News reports The National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) entrusted the technical supervision of implementing a new monorail’s first phase to the consulting office Khatib & Alami (K&A) with a contract worth EGP 251.3m.
The monorail line is 68 km long, including 61 km on land. It is expected to transport 340,000 passengers per day. The construction and operation costs amount to $1.3bn, including $739m funded by a 20-year Chinese loan a with five-year grace period. Once construction begins, the project will be completed within two years.
The new line is expected to cut down the time to move in the Cairo-Ismailia Road by 30%. It will also impact traffic and save around EGP 2.3bn per year.
Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said in previous remarks that the line begins from Salam City and aims to connect Greater Cairo with the eastern suburbs of the city, along with Sharqeya governorate. It is expected to begin operating in 2020.
23/08/2017 - New elevated skytrains for Thailand. Global travel news site, eTurboNews, reports Bombardier Transportation has announced 2 contracts for its Innovia Monorail 300 system for 2 mass rapid transit lines in Thailand.
The contracts are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (EBM), who will be responsible for the turnkey construction and 30-year concession of the new elevated lines which will improve the commute for over 400,000 people and visitors every day.
The contract with NBM concerns the new 34.5 km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line to operate with 42 train sets and EBM’s contract comprises 30 trainsets for the 30.4 km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line.
The contracts also include providing the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing, and commissioning for the new trains and systems.
Bombardier will design and supply the mechanical and electrical elements for the 2 monorail lines, and will deliver 72 4-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation.
The trainsets will be manufactured at the Bombardier joint-venture Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS) in China, working with Bombardier’s global Monorail Product and Engineering Experts.
05/07/2017 - Metro Report International reports escalating costs on Rotherham tram-train pilot scheme
21/03/2017 - An interesting piece by International Monorail Association President, Carlos Banchik, on the incosistencies applied to evaluation of monorail systems and highway projects by local authorities in the US. I'm sure the same 'bias' is given to road projects here in the UK
21/03/2017 - It is with sadness that we hear of the passing of Kim Pedersen on January 24th at the age of 64. Kim was the founder and driving force behind The Monorail Society. Due to Kim's hard work and dedication, the society boasts over 7000 members worldwide. The most enthusiastic advocate of monorail, his contribution to promoting awareness of monorail transport systems cannot be overststated. As a source of information, the Monorail Society website (www.monorails.org) is unrivalled.
In the early days of setting up WestOx Monorail, Kim was happy to assist and provide sound advice.
We send our condolences to Kim's family at this sad time.
06/01/2017 - Wuhu, China. A variety of Chinese media outlets are reporting that the Wuhu municipal government has approved two monorail lines across the city.Line 1 will run 30.4 km have 24 stations. Line 2 will be 16.5 kilometers long with 12 stations The Wuhu government signed a monorail vehicle procurement contract with CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems. CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems is a 50-50 joint venture between Bombardier and CRRC. According to online reports from China, construction has already commenced.
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28/12/2016 - Cebu, Phillipines. A group of Canadian, Chinese and Filipino investors have expressed interest in building a monorail for Metro Cebu and met with some local officials to float their idea. One of their selling points is that because a monorail’s columns will be much slimmer, hardly any road right-of-way problems can be expected.A representative of the group said the monorail is the long-term solution for the traffic in Mandaue, Cebu City and the whole Metro Cebu since this has several advantages compared to the light rail transit (LRT) and metro rail transit (MRT).In a press conference, Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna, who served as the Mandaue acting mayor, expressed his appreciation for the monorail project. “Compared to LRT, it is more cost-efficient and aesthetically better,” Fortuna said. Based on the project overview of the investment group, the monorail can run on a slim concrete beam, with turning radius of 46 meters, not like MRT/LRT that has a turning radius of 200 to 300 meters. “The advantage of monorail is that the support column is only 1.22 meters diameter spaced apart every 20 to 36 meters. Because of this there will be minimal or no right of way requirement as the size of the support column is only the size of the average center island.”
07/12/2016 - Bankok, Thailand. Two new commuter rail extensions confirmed. Both the Pink and Yellow lines will be monorail built by a private-public partnership including the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand. Sources say that Bombardier may be the supplier of 308 INNOVIA Monorail 300 train cars for the project. Both lines are over 30km in length. The MRTA said it chose to build monorail instead of heavy rail lines because it would have a lower environmental impact and cost slightly less. Official contract signing is expected in 2017.