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June 20 - August 21, 2005.
Will Disneyland go "retro?"
||Disneyland refurbishment (8/21/05)
Anaheim, California. Closed since 1998, the once-popular
Disneyland Submarine Voyage is being rebuilt to reopen as "Finding
Nemo Submarine Adventure" in 2007. The lagoon has been drained
and is currently being prepared for the new attraction. The Disneyland
Monorail has cruised over the submarine lagoon since both attractions
opened in June of 1959. According to Disney fansite Mouseplanet.com,
the Disneyland Monorail will be closed for as much as a year
starting in January 2006. The closure has not been officially
announced by the Disney Company yet, but indications are that
the system will go through a complete refurbishment. The track
may get a similar treatment that monorail track over the former
parking lot got when Disney's California Adventure (DCA) theme
park was being built. Track was removed by crane, tested, refurbished
and put back into place in the DCA area. While the bodies of
the current Mark V trains were added in the late 1980s, the framework
and undercarriages of the trains date back to the Mark III series
introduced in 1968 (see picture). Last year Monorail Orange was
totally rebuilt offsite and reverse engineered in preparation
of a possible new fleet of trains. Will Mark VII trains be part
of the refurbishment? And if so, what will the design of the
trains look like? Will they sport a retro "rocketship with
fins" look like Imagineer Bob Gurr's original Mark
I, II and IIIs? More questions than answers at this point.
gets interim director (8/18/05)
Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Monorail Project
Board of Directors has appointed veteran transportation expert
John Haley to become the project's Interim Executive Director.
Haley is being retained through a contract with Booz Allen Hamilton,
where he is a Principal. "This is a big step forward for
rapid transit in our city," said Board Member Cleve Stockmeyer,
who chaired the Board's Search Committee. "He has experience
with BART in the Bay Area, the D.C. Metro, and the Las Vegas
Monorail." The Seattle project staff and directors have
been struggling with how to build the system despite shortages
in motor vehicle tax revenues. The tax was established to pay
for the monorail. "The Monorail is the most exciting transportation
project in the country right now," said Haley. "Although
there are serious challenges, there is also a tremendous opportunity
for this city to get the agency moving in the right direction.
I believe that with a reasonable finance plan and project approach,
this project can work and that the Monorail Green Line will be
an important part of Seattle's rapid transit system." Among
several problem-solving achievements in his resume, Haley helped
the Las Vegas Monorail recover from its glitch-troubled first
months of operation. Haley will be in the SMP offices starting
pro to lead monorail temporarily. Seattle P-I, 8/17/05.
wins debate in Delhi (8/9/05)
Delhi, India. The Delhi government has ended a
heated debate over rail technology with the selection of monorail
for a 60-km feeder system to several stations of the existing
Delhi Metro system. Delhi transport minister Haroon Yusuf said,
"it is final that we will introduce monorail. It is a good
system and we are just about to finalize details of the finance
model. Our consultant is working out whether we should have a
public-private partnership or put it in private hands. But one
thing is absolutely certain monorail has to be introduced."
According to the Times of India, government sources indicate
a pilot project of up to 15 kilometers will first be built. It's
also reported that the first line will serve the historic Walled
City area of Delhi.
goes KL way, opts for monorail. Times of India, 8/9/05.
month for Las Vegas Monorail yet (8/9/05)
Las Vegas, Nevada. July was a record breaker for
the Las Vegas Monorail, with over one million passengers boarding
the system's Bombardier M-VI trains. The daily average was 32,928
passengers. July's farebox totaled $2,945,701, for a daily average
of $95,022. Still, the system is short of what is needed to cover
$139,000 in daily operating costs and debt service. Operators
are confident that will come later this year or early next year.
Advertising revenues are estimated to be bringing in an additional
$16,000 per day. Curtis Myles, President and CEO of the
Las Vegas Monorail Company, said, "I'd expect convention
business will pick up later this month and later this fall."
If ridership gets over 40,000 a day and approaches 50,000, Myles
believes system expansion could be considered. "Hopefully,
next year at this time we'll be able to talk about expanding
the monorail to the airport," Myles said. The Las Vegas
Monorail is currently the best performing new start fixed rail
system in North America.
passengers per day: LV Monorail has best month ever. Las
Vegas R-J, 8/9/05
the latest Jakarta supplier? (8/8/05)
Jakarta, Indonesia. The Jakarta Post is reporting
that PT Jakarta Monorail's consortium has now settled on Siemens
AG of Germany to provide the technology for the confusing-to-watch
project. Siemens is the latest in a series of companies that
have been in the running to build the system. Malaysia's MTrans,
Japan's Hitachi and Korea's Rotem have all been favored for the
system at different times, but reportedly costs and other factors
have created a manufacturer musical chairs game. Site preparation
began in June of 2004. 2007 is the listed completion date for
the first 14.3-km line, yet at this point that date seems highly
optimistic. To date, the only rubber-tire monorail technology
built by Siemens has been the H-Bahn
suspended type monorail in use at Dortmund University and Dusseldorf
International Airport in Germany. Siemens also sells an AGT (automated
guideway transit) called VAL, a non-monorail peoplemover system.
However, according to the Jakarta Post, straddle monorail is
still the technology of choice for Jakarta. If so, this would
mean Siemens will join the growing ranks of straddle beam monorail
providers. Parts for the Jakarta Monorail trains are to be manufactured
abroad but assembled in Indonesia.
vouches for safety of monorail technology. Jakarta Post,
for Bangalore! (8/6/05)
A Monorail Society
Bangalore, India. Metrail has agreed in principle
with a local consortium to build a 50-km monorail network in
Bangalore. This may turn out to be Metrail's first system for
the revolutionary hybrid motor-driven system. A full-scale test
track was built several years ago outside of Kuala Lumpur and
is featured in The Monorail Society's DVD, Monorails
of Malaysia. The Bangalore alignment follows a new ring road
through the fastest growing areas of the city, where traffic
is currently rising at over 40% per annum. The monorail will
run both at grade and elevated, plus the network will be capable
of catering for well over 40,000 pphpd as ridership increases.
Construction is expected to begin almost immediately following
necessary approval and rights of way establishment. Since Metrail
requires no electrical infrastructure, construction time is projected
to take only 18 to 24 months. The system will be built to the
latest European safety standards and will be enable headways
to two minutes or less as ridership increases. Metrail technology
was developed by United Kindgom-based company Frazer-Nash.
Gordon Dixon, Frazer-Nash's Director for Regional Operations,
tells us that Metrail is in an advanced state of negotiation
for Metrail monorail networks with various parties and authorities
in over 30 different locations worldwide! If that isn't enough,
they also are interested in the Seattle Monorail Project, should
reprocurement become a reality. The Monorail Society congratulations
Metrail on the Bangalore agreement. TMS President Kim Pedersen,
who had the pleasure of test-driving and inspecting the Metrail
prototype in 2003, says "Metrail's lower-cost, high-tech
monorail is sure to be within reach of the budgets of far more
cities worldwide than other fixed-guideway systems."
TMS Metrail Photo Essay
Monorail presents its case (8/3/05)
Seattle, Washington. Last week Cascadia Monorail
Company officials made a presentation to the Seattle Monorail
Project Board of Directors and urged that their agreed-upon contract
be accepted. Tonight, Team Monorail presented its case to the
board for a reprocurement process should the Cascadia contract
be rejected. Before Team Monorail came to the table and made
their presentation, Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) staff spent
about an hour telling the history of Team Monorail's previous
communications and bid effort for the project, before they dropped
out of the competition in August of 2004. Cascadia Monorail Company
President Pat Flaherty emphatically stated that the procurement
process with with his company should be completed before SMP
entertained any possibility of a re-bid process. Team Monorail
Project Director Tom Stone laid out a possible scenario
for re-opening the bid process. He explained highlights of the
Team Monorail proposal by showing slides of their proposed train,
guideway, bridges and stations. Stone told the board that Team
Monorail's design would allow considerable cost savings over
the Cascadia proposal, and he described the project security
structure, which has been the source of much debate. A discussion
followed including an interesting mix of questions from board
members to Team Monorail, their answers and counter statements
by Flaherty on behalf of Cascadia. Board Chair Kristina Hill
asked Stone about the Team Monorail website as well the ethics
of what she termed the "behind-the-scenes lobbying effort
for re-bid" on behalf of Team Monorail. Stone replied that
they have had no other means of communication with the board
for two years. He stated, "If we've done anything wrong,
we'll correct it." Staff then explained pros and cons for
reprocurement and the meeting closed with comments from interested
parties and the public.
on rebidding monorail heats up. Seattle P-I, 8/4/05.
secures Delhi project (8/3/05)
Delhi, India. Monorail Malaysia Technology Sdn
Bhd (MMT) has secured an estimated US$300 million (RM1.12 billion)
monorail project in Delhi, India. The project deal is through
a 50-50 joint-venture (JV) with Ircon International Ltd, an Indian
company linked with the government. MTrans chairman David
Chew said, "We will undertake the feasibility study
and implementation of a monorail system in Delhi. We have proposed
for an initial 15-km of monorail route to be started as a pilot
project and the work is to be undertaken on a basis of public-private
partnership with the government of India/Government of New Capital
Territory of Delhi." Feasibility studies are under way for
as much as 60 kilometers of monorail lines in Delhi after the
initial line is built. The pilot project is expected to take
approximately three years to complete. MTrans built the successful
Kuala Lumpur Monorail, based on an updated Seattle Alweg monorail
train design. MTrans is said to be currently pursuing monorail
projects in twelve countries worldwide.
to undertake RM 1.12b monorail project in Delhi. The Edge
Signes MoU With Ircon for Delhi Project. Bernama.com, 8/3/05
||MTrans ready and willing for Seattle
A Monorail Society
Seattle, Washington. This Wednesday the Seattle
Monorail Project (SMP) Board of Directors will discuss the possibility
of reprocurement. Team
Monorail (Bombardier technology) will present their case
to SMP for re-bid. The team has expressed an interest in building
the Green Line monorail and believes that they can do it for
less than Cascadia
Monorail Company (Hitachi technology). There is another possibility
for the financially challenged monorail. Yesterday, Monorail
Society (TMS) President Kim Pedersen contacted David
Chew, Chairman of MTrans
Holding Sdn Bhd, and asked, "can you foresee any circumstances
in which MTrans trains or technology could be licensed or sold
to Seattle?" Mr. Chew replied that he has monitored the
Seattle Monorail Project situation and that MTrans is "very
open as to how we may be able to participate." This development
means that there are three capable monorail builders interested
in constructing the 14-mile Green Line. Chew stated, "I
believe we can put together, with the right partners, a cost
effective solution to make the project a success." In 2004
Mr. Chew granted TMS unprecented access to the Kuala Lumpur Monorail
system for the filming of David M. Ice's Monorails
of Malaysia DVD. The DVD prominently features MTrans crowning
achievement, the Kuala Lumpur Monorail.
The SMP Board Meeting begins at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, August
3rd, and will be webcast online on the Seattle
Monorail Project website.
Monorail Project to resume (7/30/05)
Putrajaya, Malaysia. According to the Malaysian
National News Agency, the delayed monorail project in the City
of Putrajaya may resume construction. Details are expected to
be announced soon by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah.
Tunnels already exist down the main corridor of the futuristic
Malaysian capital city, which has been under construction for
some time. The tunnels were built originally for light rail,
but officials were so impressed with Kuala Lumpur's monorail
that they decided to switch technology. A monorail-exclusive
bridge was built to as part of a connection to a high-speed rail
line station. That rail station already has monorail track and
a platform constructed above the high-speed line. The first phase
of the project will include eight kilometers of combined subway
and elevated monorail. The system will be expanded in stages.
Monorail Project To Resume Soon. Bernama.com, 7/31/05.
agreement in China (7/29/05)
Chongqing, China. Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsui &
Company plan to set up a joint engineering company with Chinese
companies to build more monorails. The joint venture will be
named Chongqing Monorail Engineering and will be owned mostly
by Chinese interests, including the Chongqing government and
local state-owned firms, with Hitachi and Mitsui owning 5%. Hitachi
technology was used for the new Chongqing Monorail, a 13.5-km
system that opened in June. Monorails are getting more attention
in China because of their comparative ease of installation.
to Set Up Joint Monorail-Engineering Firm With Chinese Firms.
Red Nova, 7/28/05.
show and tell (7/27/05)
Seattle, Washington. Cascadia Monorail Company
made a presentation to the Seattle Monorail Project Board of
Directors tonight during their board meeting. The project has
been bombarded by critics in the public and press ever since
contract details were first revealed in June, largely because
of the now-rejected finance plan. Cascadia President Pat Flaherty
and Project Manager Jim Devine recounted the history of
their efforts to obtain the contract for the 14-mile monorail
system and finally had the opportunity to present their case
to build the monorail. In response to concerns over station and
guideway design, Devine made clear that the process of design
is in the early stages. The major design efforts would not begin
until the contract is approved, and the public will have numerous
occasions to give input. The process that would take place after
contract approval was outlined. Devine and Flaherty stressed
that public input would be taken throughout that period. One
surprise during Cascadia's presentation was that 85% of the controversial
iris structures will be eliminated
from downtown area. Also, columns have been reduced in size and
are now smaller than those of the 1962 Alweg monorail, currently
operating on Fifth Avenue. As well as having smaller columns,
the structures would also be built to current earthquake standards,
which are far more stringent than 45 years ago. Both Flaherty
and Devine stated that the Cascadia team is very excited to be
part of the Seattle Monorail Project. A concerted effort to improve
SMP's "openess" image was demonstrated at tonight's
meeting, in which acting Board Chair Kristina Hill invited
several concerned citizens to the table to ask Cascadia questions,
including well-known monorail critics.
consultant holds out hope for monorail project. Seattle P-I,
Monorail meeting raises questions. Seattle P-I, 7/28/05.
ideas in Canberra (7/24/05)
Canberra, Australia. A consortium of Canberra architects,
planners and engineers, backed by a large Singapore-based financier
willing to invest up to $1.2 billion, lodged a "Moving our
Future" transportation improvement concept with planning
authorities late last week. Wan Sin Import & Export Agencies,
the Singapore financier, is one of the companies that backed
the Shanghai Maglev project. The Canberra proposals includes
road improvements and monorail links between Civic, Belconnen,
Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and Woden. Project manager Chris Young-
Wright said, "This is a transport-generated solution
to Civic's planning crisis. And, importantly, we have the money
to back it." The Canberra plan would utilize non-maglev
"conventional" monorail technology. The Canberra Central
task force will consider the Move our Future proposal as well
for civic monorail. Canberra Times, 7/22/05.
Monorail Project action plan (7/20/05)
Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Monorail Project
Board approved a Monorail Action Plan tonight that lays out possible
steps for the project's future. The plan involves 60-90 days
of in-depth work sessions. During the sessions, Board members
will hear from independent experts, consultants, staff, Cascadia
Monorail Company representatives, critics, and the general public
on key issues facing the 14-mile monorail project. Acting Board
Chair Kristina Hill said, "Our objective is simple:
to challenge our assumptions, ask the tough questions, listen
to the public and determine the best path forward for the
monorail." The board will consider possibilities including:
reworking the financing plan and/or contract scope for the proposed
agreement with Cascadia Monorail Company, re-opening the procurement
process, merging with another transit agency, evaluating the
possibility of a new vote or ending the project altogether. The
monorail project has been in crisis mode since a financial plan
to build the system was rejected by the board earlier this month
after wide spread criticism. While the board is stating that
it is open to all ideas, strong influence is expected from those
who stand to benefit from the project moving forward, including
members of the Cascadia Monorail team. The team includes Washington-based
Howard S. Wright Construction and RCI Construction Group. The
King County Labor Council would also like to see the project
move forward since the Cascadia contract includes work for local
union subcontractors. A re-bid process is favored by Team Monorail,
which proposes lighter trains, less-imposing structures and potentially
a cheaper-to-build system. "All options are on the table
and all views will be considered," Hill said. "We welcome
constructive, respectful input. We are committed to a thoughtful,
deliberate and open public process. After all, this is the people's
Mantra: Everything is open to discussion. KOMO TV, 7/19/05.
consider phased in monorail. Seattle Times, 7/20/05.
monorail vote at issue. Seattle P-I, 7/20/05.
Seattle Monorail Project website
Vegas-one year milestone (7/18/05)
Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Monorail is one
year old. The anniversary passed by quietly on Friday, a stark
contrast to the spectacular grand opening
one year ago. However, on Tuesday the monorail will celebrate
a new milestone with considerably more fanfare, the signing of
a deal with BankWest of Nevada. Pyrotechnics and special effects
will highlight the July 19th VIP unveiling of the new BankWest
of Nevada train. As part of the agreement, the bank will install
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at each of the seven monorail
stations along the four-mile system. "BankWest of Nevada
and the Las Vegas Monorail share a similar goal in making Las
Vegas and all of Southern Nevada a better place to live, work
and visit," said Larry Woodrum, president and chief
executive officer of BankWest of Nevada. "When the monorail
ATM network and advertising opportunity was presented to us,
we did everything possible to make it happen quickly because
we realized it was an ideal way to contribute to the community
and further enhance awareness and growth of the bank." The
bank will also unveil a new outdoor billboard ad campaign featuring
the monorail and their new red train. A sweepstakes will also
begin to give away ten lifetime monorail passes. The monorail
has greatly improved its performance reliability this year, after
a rough start in 2004. With a reliability of 99.3% since December,
the monorail is said to be the best performing new start fixed
rail system in North America. Ridership has steadily grown and
it is expected to grow as ridership stimulus programs are put
into effect, including advance ticket convention packages, wayfinding
signs located within the resorts, and seamless linkages between
the fare collection system and the resort guest portfolios. Monorail
expansion is still in the works and options include a downtown
extension, a line from The Strip to McCarran International Airport,
and a line servicing the west side of The Strip.
of Nevada monorail announcement page
shake up in Seattle (7/4/05)
Seattle, Washington. Joel Horn, the Seattle
Monorail Project Executive Director, and Tom Weeks, Chairman
of the Board, today stepped down from their positions with the
Seattle Monorail Project (SMP). The project has been under fire
since a fixed-price contract was delivered two weeks ago to design,
built, operate and maintain the 14-mile Ballard-downtown-West
Seattle monorail. In a statement, Horn and Weeks said, "The
agreement, however, was overshadowed by the interest costs of
the finance plan. Though we tried to explain the complex,
long-term financing proposal, and called for apples-to-apples
comparisons with other major regional transportation projects,
the Board and the people of Seattle have made it clear that the
proposed financing plan will not work and that a better plan
must be developed. We take full responsibility for the current
situation and feel that it is in the best interest of the Project
to step down." They went on to say, "We want what's
best for Seattle and we firmly believe that we owe it to our
children, our grandchildren and the environment to build the
Monorail - the right Monorail with the right financing plan.
There is a path forward, and we're confident that the dedicated
and hardworking Seattle Monorail Project Board and staff can
meet this challenge." The full statement is on the Seattle
Monorail Project website.
leaders resign. Seattle Times, 7/4/05.
leaders resign amidst controversy. Seattle P-I, 7/4/05.
monorail financing nixed (7/1/05)
Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Monorail Project
(SMP) board last night killed the Green Line's finance plan.
Board member Cleve Stockmeyer said, "This plan just
won't fly." The decision comes after a storm of criticism
from monorail opponents, press and even monorail backers. The
plan was controversial because it could have required the continuation
of taxation to 2050 and required $9 billion in principal and
interest payments. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said, "Before
the monorail can move forward, the board must ensure that the
financial plan and technical design are sound and have the public's
full confidence." A new ad hoc committee will explore possible
monorail project finance options. "We've clearly heard from
the Board as well as the public that we need to rethink the financing
plan," said Joel Horn, SMP's executive director.
"Our team will work with the Board to support its efforts
to examine these important issues." Seattle Monorail Project
today said it will extend the public comment period on the proposed
agreement to build the Monorail Green Line beyond the original
July 11 deadline. The Seattle grass-roots monorail movement began
in the early 1990s when TMS member Dick Falkenbury gathered
signatures to put a monorail proposal on the ballot. Voters in
four separate elections have since approved the monorail. Opponents
have used the financing controversy to try kill the project.
finance plan abandoned. Seattle Times, 7/1/05.
financing plan killed. Seattle P-I, 7/1/05
Seattle Monorail Project website
station extension for Kuala Lumpur (6/30/05)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials of the popular
Kuala Lumpur Monorail plan to add approximately two kilometers
of track to their 8.6 km system. The line will run from their
southern terminal station near KL Sentral rail station. Since
day one, an unwanted flaw for the monorail has been the one block
of walking distance between that station and the busy transportation
hub. A short distance of new track will bring the monorail right
to the doorstep of KL Sentral. Beyond KL Sentral, the new line
will be extended to a giant shopping complex known as Mid Valley
Megamall. Ridership is currently averaging 45,000 passengers
per day. Because of the popularity of KL Sentral and Mid Valley
Megamall, monorail officials hope for a giant increase in ridership
to 80,000 rides per day. The extension will integrate trains,
buses, taxis and park-and-ride facilities. Plans are to open
the extension within two years. In other news from Malaysia,
MTrans Holdings, builders of the Kuala Lumpur monorail, has entered
into an agreement with Ircon International, the construction
arm of Indian Railways, to work together on the development of
several monorail projects in India.
City to build two more stations. Malaysian National News
Monorails of Malaysia DVD
TMS Exclusive: Kuala Lumpur Monorail
debate rages on (6/28/05)
Seattle, Washington. As expected, the release of
the Cascadia-Seattle Monorail Project contract details has brought
on a torrent of debate over the project. Financing and technical
aspects of the project are being hotly debated. Getting the most
attention is the price Seattleites would pay to get the 14-mile
monorail from Ballard to West Seattle. Although the fixed-price
contract with Cascadia to build the monorail is $1.6 billion,
the number being bandied about by the press and opponents is
$11 billion, the total Seattle citizens will pay including interest
over almost half a century. The financing problem comes about
from the need to make up for lower than expected revenues from
the car tax established for the monorail project. With the constant
drumbeat of "$11 billion!," public and government support
for the project has eroded. Then there are the details of the
Cascadia proposal. Slender column designs of yesterday's promotional
are renderings are now replaced with the reality of massive structures
and track to support Hitachi's monorail technology. Even some
monorail supporters were aghast at the site of renderings and
diagrams of what could be called echos of 1960's brutalism architecture.
The monorail trains are also near-carbon copies of trains in
Japan, which surprised some who expected updated and Americanized
exteriors. Seizing the moment to try to get back in the game,
Cascadia competitor Team Monorail posted a comparison of its
proposed system vs. Cascadia's system on the Team
Monorail website. Cascadia
Monorail, on the other hand, has remained relatively quiet
as it awaits the Seattle Monorail Project Board of Director's
decision on whether to accept the contract or not. Seattle Popular
Monorail Authority officials have faced the press in a determined
fashion to gain more support for the monorail plan, but the news
articles from the past week don't look good for monorail backers...
another Kingdome? Seattle Times, 6/22/05.
New monorail tab hits hard. Seattle P-I, 6/23/05.
Treasurer says halt monorail. Seattle Times, 6/23/05.
Monorail: a disaster in the making. Seattle P-I, 6/25/05.
Four monorail votes don't add up. Seattle Times, 6/26/05.
Council should scrutinize monorail. Seattle P-I, 6/27/05.
City raises alert over monorail risks. Seattle P-I, 6/28/05
Majority of City Council now troubled by monorail. Seattle
Whoops goes the monorail. Seattle Times, 6/28/05.
Team Monorail touts its competing construction plan. Puget
Sound Business Journal, 6/28/05.
Project: Board must say no. Seattle P-I, 6/29/05.
want and need a monorail. Seattle P-I, 6/29/05.
love trains. Seattle Weekly, 6/29/05.
agency speaks up for itself. Seattle P-I, 6/29/05.
backers launch offensive to ease rising anxiety about project.
Seattle Times, 6/29/05.
Seattle Monorail Project website
Okinawa Monorail train
contract details released (6/20/05)
Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Popular Monorail
Authority (SPMA) has released details of the recently completed
negotiations with Cascadia Monorail Company. The official release
of the contract information came tonight at the Seattle Monorail
Board of Directors meeting. On display were images of what system
elements may look like, a model of the Hitachi-technology train
to be used, and a huge stack of paper (the contract!). The Seattle
Green Line Monorail will use an updated version of the Okinawa
Monorail train. Thirteen two-car trains are part of the initial
contract, with options for system expansion in the future. Single-beaming
will be used on the West Seattle Bridge, as well as in West Seattle
and Ballard. The much-debated financing of the monorail project
was also discussed at the meeting. The board will likely vote
on whether to issue a notice to proceed on the contract in August.
Seattle Monorail Project website
The Monorail Society Okinawa Photo
Essay Six pages of TMS-exclusive photos from Okinawa
within cost limits. Seattle P-I, 6/21/05.
monorail plan released; now you can have your say. Seattle
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