11 February 2006

 

Monorail!

Ray Bradbury has written an op-ed in the LA Times on the need for monorails in Los Angeles. (Registration may be required. I don't remember.)
The monorail is extraordinary in that it can be built elsewhere and then carried in and installed in mid-street with little confusion and no destruction of businesses. In a matter of a few months, a line could be built from Long Beach all the way along Western Avenue to the mountains with little disturbance to citizens and no threat to local businesses.

Compared to the heavy elevateds of the past, the monorail is virtually soundless. Anyone who has ridden the Disneyland or Seattle monorails knows how quietly they move.

They also have been virtually accident-free. The history of the monorail shows few collisions or fatalities.If we constructed monorails running north and south on Vermont, Western, Crenshaw and Broadway, and similar lines running east and west on Washington, Pico, Wilshire, Santa Monica and Sunset, we would have provided a proper cross section of transportation, allowing people to move anywhere in our city at any time.

There you have it. As soon as possible, we must call in one of the world's monorail-building companies to see what could be done so that the first ones could be in position by the end of the year to help our huddled traffic masses yearning to travel freely.
What's that? Do I hear Springfield singing?

Maybe the high-speed rail proposed for central Florida should be a high-speed monorail! What would Walt do?

LA Times link via Boing Boing.

Comments:
Yo, Tim...

Loved your Simpsons reference.

lee
 
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