May - June
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,

I was recently listening to a talk from Bill Ford, the president of Ford Motor Company, at a TED Conference that took place in 2011. Mr. Ford indicates that there are around 6.8 billion people in the world, with an estimated 800 million cars. It is anticipated that by the year 2044 we will reach between 2 to 4 billion cars as the population increases.

Mobility will be severely impacted. Today in the USA, many drivers have commutes that take about an hour. In Beijing, China some commutes take up to five hours for a round trip to work and back. Obviously if your commute is difficult today, just imagine what it will be like as we approach a number of cars that more than doubles the current amount. There are many ways that humanity is dealing with it on the pollution side; hybrid engines, electric cars, improved mileage, driver-less cars, shared cars and shared rides. As Mr. Ford notes, the mobility model we have is not working: a traffic jam with electric cars is still a traffic jam.
Mr. Ford advocates for smart cars, smart roads, smart parking, smart public transportation. The world needs an integrated system that will suit the profiles of each user. Obviously there isn't a single solution that will solve our mobility problems; however monorails used either as a backbone system like it is being done in Tokyo, Japan, Chongqing,China, and Daegu, Korea, or as feeders to underground metros like in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Line 15 can be part of the solution with their competitive development cost and speedy construction.

At the International Monorail Association we invite you to a workshop, that takes place in Wuppertal, Germany this September 19th-22nd, to work on the performance specifications for monorails. 
While at the conference we will get to see the Wuppertal Suspended Railway, one of the first monorails in the world that started operations in 1901; that makes it a century long operation that now moves nearly 30 million passengers per year. For those of us attending Innotrans in Berlin, this event will take place from September 23rd-26th.

Come to Monorailex 2014 and become part of the future in transportation.

On behalf of the Executive Council,

Carlos Banchik, P.E.
International Monorail Association
Monorail Highlights
Idea for a new monorail to transport
people from Wantage to Oxford

"We are investing heavily to improve Oxfordshire's railway and will continue to work with Oxfordshire County Council to discuss their aspirations."
Intamin's Olympic Monorail in
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

This art rendering shows the 5,200 meter, single lane loop that will service the Olympic Village during the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017.
Sao Paulo Line 15 Monorail Tests with Trains
Trains have been tested on the Line 15 segment of the Sao Paulo Monorail. Powered by electricity and operates without a driver while traveling at a speed of up to 80 km/h, with a headway of 90 seconds.
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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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For more information contact:
Mr. Jaap H. Ketel
General Secretary Int. Monorail Association
Sluithek 6, 3831 PB  LEUSDEN
The Netherlands
Tel: (31) 33-4343500
Fax: (31) 33-4343501
Mobile: (31) 6-532 61 771
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