Often hear people say that Monorail would be one solution to adding capacity to existing corridors. "Just put a Monorail along the motorways..." but what would it cost?
This is a very simple calculation is based on Las Vegas new Monorail that cost approximately us$87 (NZ$134) million per mile. The major corridors in Auckland total about 60 Miles:
- West to City: 11 miles
- Airport to City: 12 miles
- Albany to City: 12 miles
- Howick to City: 12 miles
- Manukau to City: 13 miles
Ignoring real world complications like hills, access to the city, and getting across the harbours 60 Miles @ NZ$134 Million/Mile = NZ$8.04 billion.
I'm going to check out the Las Vegas Monorail when there for Autodesk AU later this year. I wonder if there is any chance of a grant from Transit NZ to subsidise the trip :)
60th Floor Observation - Monorail a big hit in Vegas, but here?NZ map image/data produced using TUMONZ - The Ultimate Map of New Zealand.
"The four-mile Las Vegas Monorail, which made its public debut earlier this month, whizzes above traffic east of the famed Strip at up to 50 mph, connecting nine casino resorts with the convention center. The trains are controlled by computers and have no drivers. They also have no chance of colliding with vehicles or of being halted by flooding or large crowds — problems that have plagued Houston's light rail since it opened in January..."