- This solution will use light weight,
aerodynamic cars manufactured using standard automotive components in the
drive train to significantly reduce costs. The cars will
average 100 km/h (60 mph) within cities and 200 km/h (120 mph) between
- The tracks are based on large commercially available steel beams but will be
manufactured in a specially constructed, centrally located factory using
Computer Integrated Manufacturing techniques. They will be generally
erected on columns in the median of divided roads and be a minimum five
metres above the ground. Approximately 200 km (120 miles) of track will service the
Gold Coast from Coomera to Coolangatta and from the M1 to the
- Stations will be constructed at major regional centres. Mini stations with
lifts will be built at typical bus stop locations.
Passengers will use smart phone APPS, electronic ticketing machines or
pre-paid cards to travel. Each journey will be non-stop
to the intended destination. The maximum waiting time for a journey
will be 5 minutes, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
The cars will be extremely energy efficient due to their light weight,
electric motors, the design of the drive train and the method
The MonoCab VRT solution will produce significantly lower carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions than light rail or rapid
bus during both construction and operation.
The automatic operation of the MonoCab VRT solution means the staff
requirement is significantly reduced giving low operating
costs per passenger. There are no drivers required for
the cars. Staff will be required only for the central control room, maintenance
The number of passengers carried per hour for each route will be
significantly greater than roads, current and proposed
systems due to the high speeds and no intermediate stops for each journey.
An array of sensors will monitor the performance of each car. Any
departure from normal operating parameters will initiate the
car being sent to a maintenance depot thus enuring a very
high safety standard.
Sails will be erected under the track, where required, for
aesthetics and safety.
These sails will also capture high quality rain water for augmenting the
town water supply following treatment. In 2006, a dry
year on the Gold Coast, these sails (200 km) would have captured approximately
5% of the City Council's target consumption of 130
The high speed and low cost of the MonoCab VRT solution will promote the
decentralisation of the population. People will be able
to live a significant distance from their work place and still take less time to get there than they do currently. Their journey will
also be safer and more economical.
It is inarguable that modern society has a love affair with the
car. Getting the public out of their cars and on to
public transport is the biggest challenge that Governments face.
The reality is that this is a "must do" goal given the
increasing concerns about global warming, oil reserves,
population increases, conservation etc.
In order to achieve this goal, any public transport system has to
provide sufficient benefits in regard to fares (the result of
capital and operational costs), security, convenience and speed.