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Grand Design: China’s First Suspended Monorail

by Ikenna Ngere

On September 26, 2023, China debuted its first commercial suspended monorail in Wuhan.

The state-of-the-art train is a fantastic addition to the nation’s public transit system, providing travellers with a journey that feels like something out of a science fiction film.

Currently in service, Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China, has six stops served by this 10.5 kilometre monorail.

A monorail leaves every ten minutes and runs twelve hours a day, according to Xinhua, a Chinese news agency.

According to reports, the maximum speed of the monorail is 60 kmph. The fact that the entire procedure is automated, including the train’s actual motion as well as door operations, station entry, and leave, should be noted.

The operator is suspended from a single beam, making it an inventive operating solution, according to Xie Hongzhen, a staff member of Optics Valley Traffic Company, the company that runs the monorail, as reported by Xinhua.

The train has a glass floor that gives passengers a unique perspective of the city as it dangles under the track. This viewpoint gives travellers a unique experience by letting them see directly below them.

Both locals and visitors were drawn to the suspended monorail during its maiden test run in May.

It’s important to remember, though, that the train known as the Optics Valley Photon is not the first suspended monorail in history; comparable networks can be found in Germany and Japan.

An innovative and effective new transportation option, the suspended monorail in Wuhan is another example of China’s ongoing progress in building contemporary infrastructure.

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