July - August
2014 Newsletter
The International Monorail Association is a Members Association of registered companies whose mission is to organize the global monorail sector, promote the application of monorail, publish information, and establish performance standards for monorail for Public Mass Transport Infrastructure.

President's Note

Dear Friends,

Transportation planners indicate that the challenges related to providing mass transit solutions around the world can be addressed with several modes of transportation (metros, light rails, monorails) serving trunk lines that provide the bulk of the system capacity. Trunk lines are typically grade separated, in dedicated right of ways, while feeder lines address the last miles linking the trunk line with the citizen's residence or place of work with at grade transportation.

Typically, trunk lines have been provided by underground metro systems. The first underground electrified metro system was placed in operation in London in 1890. In the first 50 years since then, up to 1940, the metro system was adopted in eleven countries: England, Hungary, United States, France, Germany, Greece, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Denmark, and Russia. Today these systems account for 3,474 km of underground lines.  According to Wikipedia, List of Metro Systems, since 1890 to date there are more than 11,900 km of underground systems in more than 50 countries.
This year 2014, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the starting of operations of the Tokyo monorail, the first urban transit grade straddle beam type monorail. Since 1964, 265 km of public transportation monorails were constructed and started operations in ten countries: Japan, United States, Brazil, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and India. In several countries, monorails have been used in major trunk lines, just like in Japan and China where there are more than 200 km of monorail systems built to date. In the other countries mentioned above, monorails have been used as trunk lines or as feeder lines and account for the balance of the distance. It is worth to know that in Sao Paulo, Brazil, there are close to 45 km of monorail under construction as trunk or feeder lines currently. In China and India there are many more systems with tens of kilometers each, under development as well.

Even if the source of information used above provides a number of caveats as to what is included and how the data can be used, the numbers shared give us a glimpse of the magnitude of what a mature technology like underground metros has been able to deliver in more than 100 years of application.

Monorails, being highly efficient to build, can provide similar statistics for growth in the upcoming years as trunk lines or feeder lines at a fraction of the capital expenditures of more traditional systems.

As most of you who receive this newsletter know, we are getting close to our next meeting in Wuppertal, Germany. The expectation is to create a set of Monorail Performance Specifications to allow potential providers to expedite the implementation of public transportation solutions by bringing available private expertise and innovation into the transit development process.

It has taken billions of dollars around the world to develop monorail systems to what we have in operations today. This is the opportunity to use that knowledge and consolidate it in a way that unlocks the development of this technology. Monorail development can further the well-being of our communities, provide affordable segregated transportation alternatives, are fast to implement and are efficient to operate and maintain.

Come and join us at the Wuppertal workshop and be part of the future.
On behalf of the Executive Council,

Carlos Banchik, P.E.
International Monorail Association
Monorail Highlights
Istanbul reaches to the sky to ease traffic

A monorail is the Istanbul municipality's latest bid to relieve the city's heavily congested traffic and will be introduced for the first time in the country.
South Korea unveils first domestically
developed urban maglev train 

The urban maglev train, with a maximum speed of 111 kilometers per hour, runs from Incheon international airport to Yongyu at a route length of 6.1 kilometers.
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Upcoming Events
Monorailex 2014
September 19-22, 2014 - Wuppertal, Germany

Monorail Technical Workshop, "Performance Specifications for Elevated and
Automated Monorail Systems

Friday, September 19th
Arrival of Seminar Delegates
     17.00 Meet & Greet, Waldhotel Eskeshof Hotel Bar

Saturday, September 20th
     09.00 Room Varresbeck, 'Monorail Basics for Curious People'
     12.00 Lunch, Restaurant Waldhotel Eskeshof
     13.30 Seminar Room Varresbeck-Vohwinkel, Plenary Session - Introduction to Seminar; working groups

     19.00 Welcome Reception, Waldhotel Eskeshof
     20.00 Dinner, Wintergarten Waldhotel Eskeshof

Sunday, September 21st
     10.00 Bus for WSW visit
     10.30 Arrival at Schwebebahn Werkstatt - '110 years Monorail in Wuppertal'
     12.00 Ride on Schwebebahn Werkstatt
     13.00 Lunch Break
     16.00 Historic Tramride Bergische Strassenbahn Museum
     19.00 Restaurant Müngster Brücke

Monday, September 22nd
     07.00 - 09.00 Breakfast, Restaurant Waldhotel Eskeshof
     09.15 Plenary coffee session
     11.00 Bus Departure for Wuppertal Train Station

September 23-26, 2014 - Berlin, Germany
Public Transport Forum - Proposed Seminar Contribution, Elevated and Automated Public Transport
Executive Council

     Carlos Banchik                         Peter Keller
     President                                   Member
     USA                                            Switzerland          
     Jaap Ketel                                 Peter Timan
     General Secretary                     Member
     Netherlands                              Canada
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General Secretary Int. Monorail Association
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The Netherlands
Tel: (31) 33-4343500
Fax: (31) 33-4343501
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