“Never Built LA” Show Highlights Lost Monorail Opportunity

July 26, 2013 Leave a reply

"Never Built LA" Exhibit at A+D MuseumFrom July 28 through October 13, the Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum presents a compelling new show about what “could have been” for Los Angeles. A thorough compendium of projects that only saw the drawing board, the exhibition asks: With Los Angeles having so many great architects, why do they fail in urban innovation? Why were these projects never built? Should some of them be revisited today?

None of the projects beg that question more than those regarding monorails. The exhibit makes note of two proposed monorail systems, in 1953 and 1964, that would have been completed without public funding or subsidy, yet were not adopted or supported by local governments or the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, therefore representing missed opportunities in LA’s “Never Built” history.

For more details on Los Angeles’ “never built” monorails, please read the American Monorail Project’s Monorails: Historic Visions of the Future.

For a quick reference as to the advantages of monorails, please visit the American Monorail Project’s Monorail Systems Advantages page.

For more information about Never Built: Los Angeles, please visit the A+D Museum website.

Never Built Los Angeles
July 28 through October 13, 2013
A+D Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036

Bullet-train project’s risks expand, California auditor says

January 24, 2012 Leave a reply

California’s bullet-train project has become “increasingly risky” because of uncertainty about how to pay to finish even the first phase, the state auditor warned Tuesday.

Read the Los Angeles Times article.

Read about American Monorail’s viable alternative.

December 2011 International Monorail Association Meeting

November 26, 2011 Leave a reply

Las Vegas, Nevada. December marks the first USA conference of the International Monorail Association (IMA). Monorailex 2011 takes place December 14-16 at the Las Vegas Hilton, which has its own station on the Las Vegas Monorail. Monorailex 2011 will feature a trade show on Thursday the 15th, as well as numerous informative seminars. On Friday the 16th, conference participants will collectively enjoy a ride on the Las Vegas Monorail followed by a very rare tour of the monorail system’s Operations Maintenance Storage Facility (OMSF).

The IMA was founded in 2009 to organize the global monorail sector, publish information, promote monorail and establish performance standards. Conference registration information can be found on the IMA website.

California high-speed rail is greeted with little enthusiasm

November 7, 2011 Leave a reply

Is Obama’s rail initiative a ‘train to nowhere’?
High-speed train plan draws little enthusiasm as California costs soar

Read article on MSNBC

Some fear California’s high-speed rail won’t deliver on early promises

February 28, 2010 Leave a reply

There’s concern that local, state or federal subsidies would be needed as projected ticket prices between L.A. and San Francisco have almost doubled. And building costs for the first phase have grown

Read Los Angeles Times article

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