Is the Age of the Monorail Finally Here?
Previously seen as too small and too slow, says writer Paulo Trevisani, monorails are finding a niche as an inexpensive way to bridge tricky bottlenecks. New monorails are springing up around the world in cities like Chongqing, Mumbai, Riyadh, and São Paulo.
"These efforts, some say, may test whether monorail technology can live down its reputation and win over critics, who remain skeptical that monorails are suitable for urban mass transit."
Japan was an early adopter, and may provide clues to how effective a monorail system can be in practice.