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Here's the fantastic view David and I had from the monorail. We're
on a steel span and in the distance are the more common concrete
Some of the stations in Naha are the narrowest I've seen in Japan,
yet they are still designed to handle many passengers each day.
They are long enough to accommodate 4-car trains if ridership
warrants in the future.
For monorailists that want a terrific view, you might want to
consider one of those offices on the right.
A train approaching one of the larger, stylish stations. One comment
about ride quality: I've personally ridden the most of the transit
monorails in the world and the Okinawa Monorail and Tama Monorail
are absolutely the smoothest riding Alweg-type monorails I've
ever experienced. The advances in concrete beam fabrication made
by Hitachi are amazing, and advances in vehicle suspension have
also contributed to a very comfortable ride.
As we leave the center of Naha and continue towards the airport,
the monorail track makes a graceful 90-degree turn while crossing
the Kokuba River. Along the entire route we saw many cases of
jammed traffic below, the monorail will be a welcome addition
to the city.
The track shows monorail's ability to get over obstacles by crossing
an elevated roadway at Okinawa Airport. Next
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