Letter to Bruce on Monorails and Traffic Congestion
I have always thought that monorails were flawed technology suitable
only for amusement parks or casinos. I think the public here in
Seattle has confused monorails for elevateds in general. The
elevated system in Vancouver, BC seems to work so maybe that could be
a way we could go. Had I to design the system I would do it thusly:
run elevated trains (double tracked) down the mediums of I-5 and
Aurora Av (99) from the north end to the south end as a complete
loop, at the north end on 145th or 130th and on the south end on
Michigan. Run the trains like a loop model railroad, opposing
directions on the double tracks. That way trains would always go
forward and never have to wye and would not have to be doubled ended.
Access to the EL would be at all overheads and anywhere else it might
be added. This would be a high capacity system. Further, the public
must learn to understand that the point of public transportation is
not to end traffic congestion but rather is to provide an alternative
means of transport. Those of us who wish to ride public transport
have no interest in any resulting reduction of traffic on highways.
When the BART system opened in the San Francisco Bay area in the
late '70's there was almost no reduction of traffic on the Bay Bridge
but there was, at last, an efficient means to cross the bay for those
intelligent enough to use it.
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To: "jpcrosby" <Canal1@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 1:45 AM
Thanks for your comments on the WA DOT transportation situation. I
agree with everything you say. They can bury me in my car. It will
save the cost of a casket. It will be interesting to see what
happens with the latest batch of initiatives this Fall.
What do you think of this monorail thing? They were in the news again
this evening saying that it might actually make some sense in parts
of town where elevated tracks are advantageous. If people can't
agree on a real mass transit system maybe they will let this 1960s
technology go ahead. I find it hard to take the monorail seriously,
but what the heck!
Bruce (in Pacific County)