Get rail off the ground

Published: Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Re "High-speed rail complaints are bogus" (Another View, Feb. 28): Decades ago while my law student son showed me around Sacramento I shared my reading about the many advantages that high-speed hanging monorails have over ground rail systems.

They're quiet, and they cross roads, highways and fields without disturbing stalled traffic or farms below. On turns cars swing out naturally. Coffee doesn't even spill.

Hanging monorails are incomparably less expensive to build. Tubular rails, one each direction, hang from t-shaped posts spaced 75 to 100 feet apart. Post holes for the the supports can be drilled nearly anywhere, even down freeway dividers. Posts of differing height compensate for undulating ground greatly reducing expensive engineering and grading. Overhead rights of way are far easier and cheaper to obtain than ground ones.

A hanging monorail would save billions of dollars. That's why it won't be considered.

-- Dick Denman, Rough and Ready

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