Instead of a streetcar system, how about raised mono-rail?

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Instead of a streetcar system, how about raised mono-rail?

Postby equuspower » Thu May 03, 2007 4:38 pm

All this talk about streetcars doesn't make sense to me. I've lived where there were streetcars and all they do is compete with the cars and trucks for space on the streets. That certainly doesn't make sense to me in the narrow downtown isthmus area. Why not consider a raised mono-rail system? That way there could still be vehicle traffic under it. Anyone else think this might be a good idea?

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Postby Lynne » Thu May 03, 2007 5:02 pm

Were you sent here by the devil?

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Postby Ed Breakfast » Thu May 03, 2007 5:18 pm

I call the big one bitey.

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Postby lukpac » Thu May 03, 2007 7:36 pm

Lynne wrote:Were you sent here by the devil?

No, I think they are on the level.

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Postby antiRobot » Thu May 03, 2007 9:11 pm

Grubendol wrote:Genau!

I think a monorail would really put Madison on the map.

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Postby mmmm23 » Thu May 03, 2007 10:59 pm

I dunno. I hear those things are awfully loud.

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Postby Bruno » Thu May 03, 2007 11:28 pm

It glides as softly as a cloud.

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Postby mrak » Fri May 04, 2007 8:56 am

Sounds like more of a Shelbyville idea to me.

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Monorail or Gondola? I've got another idea

Postby Troy Thiel » Fri May 04, 2007 11:49 am

I appreciate the satire of the monorail I did Susan Lampert Smith's April Fool's column with Hizzoner Mayor D on a Gondola (commuters actually use boats in Chicago on the river from the Metra Station to Michigan ave)....I'd suggest hydrofoils or other fast moving boats for the across Mendota/Monona commutes.

Since the streetcar routes seem less than logical, are fixed and the inherent development, ridership and continued maintenance costs (Check out Chicago
's CTA and Metra funding crises...and their ridership is HUGE!) far outstrip the average bus funding per ride,(can't wait for demand mode planning and hydrogen and electric buses!) perhaps we should take that money and invest just as cost effectively on a more flexible and personal transport system that would be funded by our government....personal Jet Packs!

Biofuel or hydrogen powered of course! With solar power panels to heat water for on board coffee/espresso machines for the commute. Sounds just as cost effective and it solves the fixed route problem. (in which half, it seems, of commuter traffic through the isthmus is not stopping downtown but using the downtown to get to the OTHER side of downtown for work nodes...hospitals, campus, research and job parks on our would be nice to see a REAL survey of Madison based needas part of the streetcar study rather than continued rehashing of Portland...Madison is not the same equation)

Dang, Do you think I should have run on the Jet Pack ticket in the election?

But seriously, I did see some tax credits for bike commuters in the Tribune the other day...sounds reasonable and something we should try here.

Train, drive, boat, ride your bike and walk safely...and think Jet Packs!


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Postby TAsunder » Fri May 04, 2007 2:14 pm

Or maybe we could consider a second beltline north of the lake. I also think we should consider having some red bicycles around town.

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Postby Madisonienne » Fri May 04, 2007 2:20 pm

that post gave me a flashback to that cheesy boba fett song...

My backpack's got jets
I'm boba the fett
I bounty hunt for jaba hut
To finance my vette

Sorry. But for the record, Seattle is discussing the possibility of replacing it's monorail with, you guessed it, STREETCARS... ... l22ww.html

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Postby equuspower » Fri May 04, 2007 4:44 pm

I actually like the idea of some sort of ferry/boat going back and forth aross Lake Mendota. There might be a park-n-boat situation. Not sure what to do when it's frozen, however.

Well - just trying to think "outside of the box". And I really think that streetcars would cause more problems than we already have.

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Postby Paco » Fri May 04, 2007 8:00 pm

Rickshaws! people-powered, no pollution. Might be kinda nippy in january though.

I'd prefer a monorail too, but that would probably be a lot more costly.

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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri May 04, 2007 8:36 pm

Paco wrote:Rickshaws! people-powered, no pollution.
They're now called pedicabs. Saw and used them in Key West recently. State Street has them now.

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