The Sydney Monorail was apparently not conceived to solve a real problem. Instead of being part of an efficient transportation network, it was a one way loop around an area that could easily be walked instead of riding, and that is what most people apparently did. It only lasted a few years before being demolished.
One of the biggest problems created by a metro station is
the very result of its attractiveness. Its traffic exists because people want access
to metro stations across the city. They then exit the “system” and walk to
their final destination -- or take a bus, taxi, bike or zipcar, or retrieve
their car and drive on.
|New ways to get to Metro|
Metro stations are busy hubs with lots of traffic. The
public converges on and leaves them in many ways. There is competition for space
that jams up if not regulated. Pedestrians and bikes need safe access and tamed
traffic. Buses, vans and taxis need easy
access. Drivers need parking. Retailers need buildings. The busier the station,
the more traffic needs to me managed.
One way to relieve metro-station traffic pressure is with
APM or ATN plug-ins. For podcar plug-ins, we have good ideas especially in
Sweden. Ultra at Heathrow is an airport-feeder: two parking lots linked to the
edge of Terminal 5 at London’s largest airport.
Several APMs -- fully automated and driverless, but with
conventional online stations -- feed metros. The most notable is Miami’s “downtown
people mover” now known as Metro-Mover. More than just a cute name, because
it does just that. Miami Metro’s busiest station is happily integrated with the
DPM, supplied by Westinghouse, now Bombardier. This sophisticated south Florida
metropolis has a flare for names. They call the new airport APM MIA-Mover.
|Metro stations can accommodate feedeers,|
Toronto’s Scarborough line feeds the subway. Singapore has
three APMs that feed into metro stations. London’s Docklands started as a metro
extender and been flexibly expanded to a network with several metro interfaces.
Good podcar plug-in planning has been done in Sweden --
King’s Curve, Flemingsberg, Uppsala, etc. Come to PCC9 (Nov 4-6, Mountain View,
CA) to learn more.