When SkyTrain opened for Expo in 1985, it was hoped it could become a popular alternative for rapid transit. Other than in a handful of cities, like Kuala Lumpur, it hasn’t. But maybe a technology of the 80s, like music and fashion, is coming back.
Consider the global impact if a SkyTrain-like transit alternative happened in a trend centre like Los Angeles.
They don’t call it SkyTrain, of course. When they see an elevated train, Americans think of monorail (cue The Simpsons). One of the two bidders for the project calls it LA SkyRail Express . The technology may be different but the scale and purpose is the same. (The other bidder is for more conventional light-rail rapid transit.Read more »