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Innovia Monorail 300 wins Good Design Award (01/12/15)
Chicago, Illinois. Bombardier's Innovia Monorail 300 has won a GOOD DESIGN Award for its latest monorail system from the Chicago Athenaem: Museum of Architecture and Design. The GOOD DESIGN Award is the oldest and most recognised program for design excellence worldwide. The emphasis of the GOOD DESIGN program is on quality design of the highest form, function and aesthetic standard. Bombardier touts its 300 as a "driverless transit system designed on the principles of iconic aesthetics, mass transit capacity and fast-to-build infrastructure." Bombardier is currently delivering two INNOVIA Monorail 300 systems, one in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the other in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pierre Attendu, President, Systems Division at Bombardier Transportation, said, "Bombardier's award winning INNOVIA Monorail 300 system combines excellence in product design with innovative technologies such as the Permanent Magnet Motor and the BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 train control system for driverless operation. INNOVIA Monorail 300 is a truly game-changing solution for city and airport authorities requiring an attractive, cost-effective and fast-to-build mass transit solution."

Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 System Wins Good Design Award. WebWire, 01/12/15.
TMS Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 Technical Page
Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design

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Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 design, two-car configuration
Art courtesy of Bombardier Transportation

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Another TMS Exclusive...
Intamin monorail for Da Nang (01/09/15)
Da Nang, Vietnam. Intamin Transportation is completing installation of a monorail system with P6/66 monorail trains for Asia Park in Da Nang. Intamin will finish their work onsite early this year. Asia Park theme park will open later this year. It includes a culture park, amusement park and multi-functional arena/center. Once completed, the park is expected to welcome about 2.5 million visitors each year. Eight Intamin monorail P6/66 will serve the park for transport between three stations as well as providing sightseeing views. More than 2,000 passengers per hour can enjoy the 3.0 kilometer-long route in one of the eight driver-operated trains.

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A portion of Intamin's track at Asia Park in Da Nang
Photos courtesy of Intamin Transportation Ltd.


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Istanbul plans eight monorail lines! (12/31/14)
Istanbul, Turkey. Europe, finally! Per numerous news reports, Istanbul will be the first European city to build a major monorail system. Even more astonishing, a total of eight monorail lines are planned for the city, which actually has both a European and Asian sector. If all lines are built, the city will have over 47 kilometers of monorail. The first lines put out for bid are the Uskudar-Libadiye and Safakoy-Basaksehir alignments. The monorail lines are being established to abolish minibus routes. Istanbul, like many other major cities, suffers from terrible traffic congestion.

'Monorail' routes announced by the Instanbul Metropolitan Municipality:
Beyoglu-Sisli Monorail Project: 5.8 km
Zincirlikuyu-Sariyer Monorail Project: 4.5 km
4. Levent-Levent Monorail Project: 5.5 km
Atasehir-Umraniye Monorail Project: 10.5 km
Sefakoy- Ataturk International Airport Monorail Project: 7.2 km
Maltepe-Basibuyuk Monorail Project: 3.6 km
Kartal-D100 Monorail Project: 3 km
Sabiha Gokcen Airport-Formula Monorail Project: 7.7 km

Routes announced for Istanbul monorail. Daily Sabah, 12/30/14.
Istanbul Monorail Lines announced. YouTube video in Turkish, 12/30/14.


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Chongqing completes Line 2 (12/31/14)
Chongqing, China. In ten short years the City of Chongqing has gone from zero monorail to easily the world's largest monorail system. Chongqing Monorail opened the final 11.7-kilometer segment of Line 2 on Tuesday, connecting Xingshancun with the massive station at Yudong. Line 2 and 3 meet at Yudong, where four monorail beams go through the station. With the completion of Line 2, Chongqing Monorail now features an astonishing 80 kilometers of dual-guideway with 59 stations. The monorail is also the world record holder with the most bridges, highest bridges and longest tunnels.

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Line 1 (red)- subway
Line 2 (green)- monorail
Line 3 (blue)- monorail

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Sao Paulo Line 17 cemetery issue (12/26/14)
Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Cemetery of Morumbi has filed a lawsuit over the routing of Line 17, the city's second monorail project. The disputed area is part of the system's Phase II alignment. Scomi is the main contractor for the monorail. In order for the monorail line to negotiate the cemetery, plans call for an area including 15 graves to be acquired by the monorail project. The graves would be relocated. The Cemetery is suggesting the monorail line should be moved to parallel the area, or go underground. Metro Sao Paulo says the cost of doing that can't be justified. 400,000 daily passengers expected each day on the new monorail may have to endure a delay for the opening as a result. Phase I is currently scheduled to open in 2016.

Cemiterio tenta barrar obra do metro de Sao Paulo. Estadao, 12/11/14.

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Line 17 cemetery intrusion to be mitigated with trees.
Art rendering courtesy of Sao Paulo Metro


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Florida Keys Monorail proposed (12/21/14)
Florida Keys, Florida. Monorail County Commissioner Heather Carruthers has suggested the county should consider monorail to address the woefully inadequate public transportation to and from the Florida Keys. Carruthers told the Florida Keys News, "I am a huge supporter of public transportation. I didn't buy my first car until I was 40." Carruthers, a former New Yorker added, "We can't make the roads wider and we have more people coming here. I don't think there has been a serious discussion on this issue since 1935 (the year a hurricane destroyed Flagler's Florida Keys Overseas Railroad). The only thing we can look at is buses." As much as she likes the idea, Carruthers acknowledges there probably isn't the political will to fund a monorail project.

Carruthers: Monorail could reduce road traffic. Keysnews.com, 12/21/14.


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4-car trains in Kuala Lumpur (12/20/14)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Testing has successfully concluded and today marks the first day of four-car monorail train service for KL Monorail. The first two of the new Scomi-designed and built trains are today marking a new era for the popular monorail. The new trains incorporate advances made from Scomi's train design for Mumbai Monorail. A third train is undergoing testing and will join the first two in revenue service soon. The fourth train will be delivered on site before the new year. Nine remaining trains will arrive throughout 2015. Rapid Rail Chief Executive Officer, Haji Khairani Mohamed, said, "The entry of the four-car trains undoubtedly marks a new era for Rapid KL Monorail Line. Apart from doubling its capacity, the new trains are installed with additional features for safety, vibrancy and comfort." Rapid Rail has upgraded all 11 stations with new universal access features, extensions of the station platforms and a new direct connection for pedestrians at KL Sentral Station.

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photo courtesy of Rapid Rail

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Another TMS Exclusive...
Intamin testing P6 trains at Romon U-park (12/10/14)
Ningbo, China. Intamin Transportation has begun testing seven new P6 monorail trains at Romon U-park in Ningbo, China. Romon U-park is an outdoor/indoor amusement complex nearing completion for a 2015 opening. The new park is similar in configuration to Lotte World in South Korea, with both shopping and amusements. The Intamin single-tracked, two-station loop monorail will connect the shopping mall with the various attractions on a 340 mm wide track. The system features seven P6/18 trains with a maximum capacity of 18 seated passengers each. Trains will depart from stations every 2 minutes and operate at up to 16 km/h. The ride will not only transport guests, but its winding path will give passengers an amazing tour of the extravagantly-themed facility, with great views from 4 to 6 meters above the ground level. Up to 1,100 guests an hour will be able to enjoy the circular route.

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photos courtesy of Intamin Transportation (video captures)

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Sentosa: 4 hour wait for rescue (12/05/14)
Sentosa Island, Singapore. Following an electrical power outage at 10:10 pm on Thursday eve, some passengers waited on a Sentosa Express monorail train until 2 am Friday to be rescued. 61 passengers and staff were onboard during the incident. The two-car Hitachi Small train stalled between the Beach and Imbiah stations. Originally a rescue train was going to park parallel to the stalled train to facilitate the evacuation, but technical difficulties prevented that train from moving as well. Even though the train was at a relatively low level of the track, one-by-one evacuation took place by means of four ladders. The system has been repaired and resumed operations at 7 am today. Sentosa Island's Guest Experience team today checked up on affected passengers and gave them fruit baskets as a gesture of good will.

61 rescued from stalled Sentosa monorail train. Channel NewsAsia, 12/05/14.

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Magdeburg Panoramabahn closed (12/04/14)
Magdeburg, Germany. The loop excursion monorail at Elbauenpark has closed. The four Intamin trains originally operated at Stuttgart's International Horticultural Exposition in 1993. The trains were then moved and served in 1997 in Gelsenkirchen Nordsternpark for the Federal Garden Show. This was followed by installation and operation at Magdeburg for the 1999 Federal Horticultural Show. After 15 years of operation in three locations, a two million Euro overhaul of the system was necessary to continue operation. Ridership had steadily declined over the years as well. A citizen's petition effort to save the system was unsuccessful. The Magdeburg City Council decided to suspend operations at the end of October. The four trains have been transported back to Intamin and the track will be scrapped for recycling in January.

Panoramabahn farht fur immer davon. TVolksstimme.de, 11/22/14.

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Broadbeach Monorail to reopen (12/03/14)
Gold Coast, Australia. The last remaining Australian Von Roll Type III monorail is set to reopen December 18th. The monorail connects Oasis Shopping Centre and Jupiters Hotel in Broadbeach, but has been close since October of 2013. The system is 25 years old and needed mechanical refurbishment. During this period the trains also received a facelift with new skins and a thorough cleaning. On site retailers have been anxious for the monorail to open again. Oasis Centre is for sale, which puts the monorail's future fate in the hands of whomever purchases the property.

Monorail to ride again at Broadbeach. ABC Gold Coast, 12/04/14.

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Chennai Monorail moves forward (11/20/14)
Chennai, India. The Chennai Monorail project crossed another hurdle today with an 'in-principle' approval from The Ministry of Urban Development. An official stated, "As per the approval accorded last week, the project will be implemented under design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) model with entire funding from the State Government, its agencies and partners under public private partnership without any financial support from the Centre." The system is estimated to cost Rs3,267 crore.

Ministry nod for Chennai Monorail. The Hindu, 11/20/14.

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Bombardier targets China (11/06/14)
Berlin, Germany. Bombardier Transportation and CSR Nanjing Puzhen Co. Ltd (CSR Puzhen), two of the world's largest rail suppliers, are creating a joint venture to bring INNOVIA monorails and peoplemovers to China. The country has a fast growing market for such systems in urban areas and at airports. Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China said, "We are proud to continue to take an active role in the future of China's rail industry with CSR Puzhen. Together, we will offer cost-effective, medium-capacity INNOVIA transit solutions that can help China's cities to meet their public transportation needs efficiently and sustainably." Bombardier is already active in China's development of mass transit and railways with over 4,000 employees in the country. Pierre Attendu, President, Systems division at Bombardier Transportation said, "This agreement demonstrates the firm commitment of both parties to develop a long-term industrial partnership that addresses China's urgent need for urban and airport transportation."

Bombardier Announces Joint Venture for China. NetNewsLedger, 11/06/14.

Seattle

Seattle's voters say no (11/05/14)
Seattle, Washington. Seattle's latest effort to build a citywide monorail was defeated in yesterday's election. Citizen Proposition 1 received only 19.6 percent of voter approval. The memory of the disastrous Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) of the previous decade is still fresh, and anything with the word 'monorail' on it is considered toxic. The so-called CenTran proposal reportedly repeated many of the mistakes of SMP, and voters wanted nothing of it. CenTran's chief proponent, Elizabeth Campbell, remained optimistic after the results became evident, stating she, "looks forward to being part of the continuing dialogue in Seattle. This election cycle has also provided an opportunity for the people of Seattle to clearly and publicly acknowledge that there is a transportation crisis in Seattle." Monorail measures have won four times, and now lost twice since 1997.

Seattle's Latest monorail proposal loses big. Seattle Times, 11/04/14.

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Egypt's Prime Minister praises Cairo proposal (10/21/14)
Cairo, Egypt. Sometimes monorails get built when the leader of the country supports them, sometimes. Will that be the case in Egypt? Yesterday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and an unnamed monorail manufacturer discussed their monorail proposal to link Cairo with 6th of October City. Mahlab stressed that various models for financing could be established for the project, estimated to cost $1.5 billion. The system would be over 20 kilometers in length. The Prime Minister stated the monorail was "a genius solution for traffic."

PM discusses monorail between Cairo, October 6th City. Egypt State Information Service, 10/21/14.

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Daegu safety tests under way (10/03/14)
Daegu, South Korea. Rail safety is of major concern to citizens in Daegu. On February 18, 2003, Daegu subway suffered a horrendous arson fire that killed 192 people and injured 151. That disaster led to the decision to build monorail for the city's Line 3. The system was originally scheduled to open this month, yet concerns over safety issues have led to the decision for additional testing. Daegu Metro plans to test the system throughout this coming winter, due to concerns resulting from a major snowstorm that occurred in March of 2010. Two days of evacuation testing recently took place at Mirror Station (Buk-donghodong). Police and fire agencies were involved in the exercise. Daegu Monorail does not have emergency walkways, yet all trains feature 'Spiral Shooter' escape slides for the rare possibility of an extreme emergency situation. Fire suppression operations took place after the evacuation with the use of the water sprinkler system on board the train, external fire hoses and a fire-fighting helicopter. Opening is now planned for the first half of 2015.

Daegu Evacuation
photo courtesy of The Yeongnamilbo

Safety test for Line 3. The Yeongnamilbo, 10/04/14.

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