There have been many rapid transit proposals over the years. NONE that we have seen have
included vehicles for the transport of freight or bulk materials.
The following is taken from the Executive Summary of the "Economic Significance of the Australian Logistics
Industry" report prepared for The Australian Logistics Council by ACIL Allen Consulting and released in July
- Australia’s Logistics
industry was estimated to account for 8.6 per cent of GDP, adding $131.6 billion to Australia’s
economy in 2013.
- The Logistics industry is estimated to
employ 1.2 million people.
- In 2011–12 BITRE estimated that the
domestic freight task totalled almost 600 billion tonne kilometres —equivalent to about 26,000
tonne kilometres of freight moved for every person in Australia.
- An increase in
Logistics total factor productivity of 1% is estimated to increase GDP by $2
This ConTran 40 vehicle is for the
transport of 40' 00" shipping containers.
It has a tractor unit each end with the container suspended between them. This arrangement allows the vehicle to
negotiate small radius curves.
This shows the mechanical arrangement of the tractor unit. It has two complete drive trains resulting in
each vehicle having four complete drive trains. The number of drive trains in operation during transit will be
dependent on the load requirements existing at that particular time.
This layout gives rise to a great deal of flexibility for other requirements. For other
purposes all that is required is a redesign of the middle section, retaining the standard tractor units each
ConTran 20 for 20' 00" Shipping
FuelTran for Fuel Transport
The transit time for containers on MonoCab VRT will be less than 50% of that for road transport with the cost
being approximately 60%.
Hence, MonoCab VRT will give many times the 1% total productivity factor mentioned in the ACIL ALLEN
Stocker for Livestock Transport
60 Seat Commuter for short distance
(less than 100 km/60 miles) peak hour commuter traffic.
Large Intermodal Terminals:-
DON'T NEED THEM!!
There will be Mini Intermodal Terminals (MITS) in close proximity (within a few kilometres) of
each industrial area. There may be half a dozen or more in each city, dependent on its size and
layout with each servicing perhaps three or four industrial areas.
Each MITS will have the appropriate container handling equipment to quickly transfer containers between the
MonoCab VRT ConTrans vehicles and trucks.
Once the container is loaded, the MonoCab VRT then transports the container automatically to the MITS nearest
the destination client.
EXAMPLE:- Suppose a container arrives at the port in Brisbane destined for an importer in, say, Coffs
Harbour. Once the container is cleared by Customs etc., it is loaded onto a MonoCab VRT ConTrans and is
whisked straight to a Coffs Harbour MITS with no stops or further handling.
Do you think this might provide a financial benefit to the importer?
Do you think this might provide a transport efficiency benefit?
Do you think this will reduce the number of container trucks on our highways?
The answer to all of these questions can only be YES!