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Monorail idea?

By Thumper - 11 January 2006 25

After being in Sydney recently I was, as usual, taken by the effectiveness of the monorail and its ability to effectively and efficiently get people around the CBD, namely darling harbour. And they still wouldn’t let me eat the cute little blue fish they have at The Blue Fish Restaurant. false advertising I reckon.

Anyway, they have a monorail. I want one.

Given this, I propose that the ACT come up with their own monorail thus removing the need for cars to be driven anywhere at lunch times and indeed possibly leading to cars being parked outside the CBD, thus allowing it to be less conjested, which is something I think everyone would agree is a good idea.

Now, this monorail, in my view, would start somewhere down near Haig Park, Girrahween Street, would proceed down the centre of Northbourne Avenue towards Civic before hanging a left on Cooyong Street.

It would then continue all the way around to the National Convention Centre before hanging a left on Constitution Avenue. From here it would zip off toweards Russell Offices before going across Kings Avenue Bridge.

Once across the lake it would follow King edward terrace before winding back onto Commonwealth Avenue and back across the lake hanging a right on London Cct.

Once it reached london Cct it would then wind its way all around until hitting University Avenue before going right on Marcus Clark St and then proceeding back towards its starting point.

Okay, it will never happen, and it probably needs a tad more planning, but it would be pretty cool.

Of course, we could just have light rail.

What’s Your opinion?


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Monorail idea?
simto 4:06 pm 11 Jan 06

Actual answer forthcoming … basically, it’s your luxury class movie cinema, including seats that recline, and a waiter service bringing you food and booze whenever you require it. The theatre’s smaller and the tickets are more expensive, so you’re likely to be isolated from the plebs.

Well, at least that’s the theory. I’d wonder whether there are really that many pretentious cinemagoers locally who feel they really feel the need to be in their own special zone for “Narnia” or “King Kong”, but then I remember – hey, this is Canberra, of course we have that critical mess of petty snobs…

Absent Diane 3:06 pm 11 Jan 06

I think they mean gold glass…. which is actually a cinema made of believe it or not gold and glass…… research found that the refraction of light to and from the glass and gold was a pleasant destraction for viewers watching the latest in lame blockbusters..

ssanta 1:49 pm 11 Jan 06

whats a gold class cinema? I am not into movies as I haven’t got the attention span…

simto 12:28 pm 11 Jan 06

There’ll be a Gold Class cinema sometime this year – it’s part of the Dendy/Electric Shadows complex that’s included in the new, expanded, Car-park-devouring Canberra Centre.

Maelinar 12:26 pm 11 Jan 06

I like a combo of both ideas, light rail links to the outer suburbs, with a monorail circuit to feed through the high density areas of Civic, University, Russell and Parlimentary Triangle.

As an advantage, you’d probably encompass the museum, war memorial, and a number of closeby tourist sites as well…

ssanta 11:43 am 11 Jan 06

No reason why a monorail solution cant be applied to service areas in the Parliamentary triangle and Civic, that are deemed as touristy attractions ala Sydney Monorail City solution

Thumper 11:22 am 11 Jan 06

Fair comment. I was thinking more along the lines of easy access to civic and the city centre without disrupting traffic flows and also serving as a tourist attraction.

I’ll outline my plans for Kingston foreshores one day. now they are grandiose….

Actually, it’s simply based on darling harbour.

ssanta 11:11 am 11 Jan 06

Wouldn’t light rail / monorail serve a better purpose working between the major bus interchanges in the ACT. Then you would pile onto the usual orange monster to go from there. With the rail in place where Ihave proposed (sorry thump), it would free up ACTION resources to better serve the suburbs and leave the long hauls to a more efficient, faster, less polluting style of transport. Plus better intergration with the current public transport system, saving on time and trouble.

Absent Diane 10:33 am 11 Jan 06

I still can’t past my two ideas a) a flying fox system and/or b)heated/powered water slides (no sharks allowed)…. not only fun but useful…

Bodhichitta 10:25 am 11 Jan 06

Id prefer a Gold Class Cinema

bonfire 10:04 am 11 Jan 06

as i understand it the gummint is backpedalling away from committment to the belco busway, claiming it had never been funded.

the gungahlin civic busway is just a dedicated lane.

i have seen monorail plans by the ncdc from early 70’s but it was just a proposal and wasnt explored thoroughly.

the advantage of lightrail is that its a world standard and many competitors exist which make it a lower cost mass transit option than a single manufacturer system.

of course mass transit in the act just means more buses.

Indi 9:57 am 11 Jan 06

When govt considers (seriously) the well known concept of crical mass and encouraging the building of more medium density along transport corridors, then the community will be able to have a debate about the merits of some form of rapid transport system (that will serve all corners of the territory).

Instead the govt appears to be considering serving only one small corner of the community in Belconnen by way of the busaway lane that in no way can encourage population growth along its transport corridor – the foggy figure of $150mil that is being tossed around for the bus lane would certainly go along way to establishing a broader transport system, whether it be gondolas on the lake/rivers, monorail or camel-drawn carts.

colsim 9:51 am 11 Jan 06

Wasn’t there an actual serious monorail proposal floated last year by some developer (or was it all just a wonderful dream?)

Thumper 9:17 am 11 Jan 06

And I should have added, ‘No Simpsons monorail jokes or lines’

johnboy 9:04 am 11 Jan 06

Lyle Lanley: Well, sir, there’s nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
Bona fide,
Electrified,
Six-car
Monorail!
What’d I say?

Ned Flanders: Monorail!

Lyle Lanley: What’s it called?

Patty+Selma: Monorail!

Lyle Lanley: That’s right! Monorail!

[crowd chants `Monorail’ softly and rhythmically]

Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud…

Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.

Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?

Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.

Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?

Lyle Lanley: You’ll be given cushy jobs.

Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?

Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I’m on the level.

Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can.

Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man.

I swear it’s Springfield’s only choice…
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!

All: Monorail!

Lyle Lanley: What’s it called?

All: Monorail!

Lyle Lanley: Once again…

All: Monorail!

Marge: But Main Street’s still all cracked and broken…

Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!

All: Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail!

[big finish]

Monorail!

Homer: Mono… D’oh!

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