Shanghai authorities are teasing us once again with promises of a suspended passenger monorail system in the city. German-based company Air Train International announced today at the Rail Metro China 2015 exhibition that it would be assisting in the construction of driverless rail lines that would travel across Jing’an, Yangpu and Baoshan districts.
But don’t throw your hands up in the air and let out a collective “monorail!” just yet. Evaluation of the project is still required and is expected to take about two years, Bao Zaiyong, an official with Air Train, told Shanghai Daily. After, construction will take another two years. If all goes smoothly, the monorail could be operating by 2019.
The monorail network will be based on the H-Bahn system that has been operating in Dortmund and Düsseldorf, Germany since the 80s. The suspended railways can carry passengers at a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour and the carriages, up to eight on each train, will be made of transparent glass panels offering an unobstructed view of the city’s smog and skyline.
A nine-kilometer line in Yangpu is expected to be constructed along the Huangpu River and will connect with Metro Line 4. The three-kilometer Baoshan district line will link Metro Line 3 with the Baoshan International Cruise Liner Port.
Construction costs are estimated to reach around 150 million yuan per kilometer, 20 percent of the cost of the same span of underground metro rail.
MONORAIL!…? Right now it might still be too soon to tell. Press officers with the districts involved said they have yet to receive official statements about the construction.