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Updated links to Seattle and Las Vegas Monorails (lower left of this page).
Fixed broken links.
4/22/03: A recent memo by
Senior Planner Katie Larsen in the City of Austin Department of
Transportation, Planning and Sustainability, advocates 'actively changing'
driving habits through forced elimination of parking downtown. Read about
the controversy on
590 KLBJ Forums - "Great Streets for Austin". The Austin Monorail
Project believes that elevated Monorail gives citizens what they want:
more mobility, not less- less being the choice that the City
of Austin appears to be giving its citizens with light rail. Decide for
Back in August, 2000,
the Greater Austin Chamber of
Commerce produced a
Light Rail White Paper produced by their 'Blue Ribbon Task Force' .
Their conclusion about the previous light rail proposal?
'The Capital Metro LRT proposal is
not likely to have a substantial impact on traffic congestion
and air quality in the short term..'
Decide for yourself. Read the white
paper. But please keep in mind that when this white paper was written,
Monorail was never considered as a rapid transit solution. We believe that
Monorail can make a substantial impact on traffic congestion and air
quality in the short term and still provide all the long-term
benefits of transit-oriented development (more on this subject in the near
We are now accepting
contributions through PayPal (see 'Make a Donation' link on the left).
Please help us support monorail in Austin!
Bumper Sticker Contest-
Elliot Kralj has
been awarded our $25 prize for his entry, 'I'd
Congratulations, Elliot, and thanks for your entry!
Update: We will be making a limited number of these bumper stickers
available on our website soon- stay tuned, and thanks again to everyone who
Final Victory in
Pro-monorail again leading by 868
94787 50.23 %
93919 49.77 %
According to Bob Roegner, manager of King
County Records, Elections and Licensing Services, while a handful of
votes remained to be counted, "there are not enough votes to change the
"It's over. We build the monorail," said
Tom Weeks, chairman of the board of Elevated Transportation Company. " It's
a great day for the city. It's a grass-roots movement that's going to change
the face of the city forever."
'It's Over -- We Build The
Monorail Society News Page
Our monorail flyer is now available in
noticed that our beautiful city is being choked to death through traffic
The vote for
Seattle's proposed monorail now less than two weeks away, on Nov. 5th.
Visit the Seattle ETC's website
to keep up to date on the latest news.
Listen to a brief
news-clip from KPLU on how
Seattle is planning to get Federal funding for future lines after their
initial 14 mile line is built with bond revenue. Listen to the news clip
here. Their plan is similar to Las Vegas obtaining 30% of
their funding from the Feds for the second phase of the Las Vegas monorail
project, with the first phase being privately funded. The FTA official
spokeswoman says that so far, [the Seattle Monorail] 'looks to be a
strong competitor nationally'.
We want to
extend a special 'thanks' to all those who
volunteered to help us or who took our survey.
We ARE listening to your comments! Leaving us your email or other contact
infomation will help us provide feedback to you on your questions.
We will soon be rolling out more information on how to help us for those
of you who generously volunteered. And we will be posting selected
articles from our member-only newsletters on our website. View our first
selected article, 'Monorail and the Great
Streets Program: A Great Fit'
We've had some great responses, but we
are extending our Bumper Sticker Contest through
12/31/02 to get even more entries!
Read this great article on the new Las Vegas
Mass Transit Magazine:
A Showpiece for a Showplace: the Las Vegas monorail
Happy Birthday AMP! The informal beginning of the Austin Monorail Project
began one year ago as a
Another light rail accident:
Train Operator Killed After New Rail System to Kennedy Derails (NY
Times- Free registration required). Of Note: Elevated automated light
rail system- vehicle made by Bombardier. $1.9 Billion 8.1 mile system
designed to operate at up to 60 miles an hour with no driver aboard and
with computers controlling stops, starts, doors, temperature and other
functions. Note that derailment is almost impossible with monorail as
its wheels grip each side of the beam as well as riding on top.