Phil Pauley Unveils Eco Drive Monorail System Concept to Expand Existing Rail Infrastructure

by , 10/07/11

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If you’ve ever experienced not being able to fit onto a crowded train, you’ve probably fantasized about how nice it would be if there were twice as many trains passing through your station. Well designer Phil Pauley turned that fantasy into a concept called The Eco Drive Monorail (EDM). The EDM was designed to straddle over existing urban infrastructure like tunnels, houses, roads and other train tracks, creating an extra rail line for a train to run. Two EDM trains operating on the same monorail can act as one unit or as two separate trains and can move in the same direction or in two separate directions at the same time. Think about how such a solution could alleviate cities that have trouble keeping up with high demand at peak commuter times – ahem, NYC.

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  1. lazyreader October 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    New York City spent the better part of the 20th century getting rid of it’s above ground rail systems in favor of the subway (which makes less noise in neighborhoods). In an emergency, passengers may not be able to immediately exit because an elevated monorail vehicle is high above ground and not all systems have emergency walkways. The passengers must sometimes wait until a rescue train, fire engine or a cherry picker comes to the rescue. Newer monorail systems resolve this by building emergency walkways alongside the entire track, at the expense of visual intrusion. But a hanging monorail would have no walkway for the passengers to vacate to. From 1950 to 1980 the monorail concept may have suffered, as with all public transport systems, from competition with the automobile and the novel nature of monorails as nothing more than amusement park rides. Municipal officials and politicians have persistently underestimated construction costs and overestimated eventual ridership numbers of light rail!!!

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