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Automated monorails for WDW?
03-07-2013, 08:50 AM
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Automated monorails for WDW?
Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Sources tell us that the Walt Disney World Monorail System may be in for major changes. Since opening in 1971, monorail pilots/drivers have operated monorail trains at the resort. Reportedly, Thales Transportation is working on completely automating the entire 23.6-kilometer system over the next two years. Drivers will essentially become attendants, onboard to monitor train systems. The Mark VI trains will be 'launched' from the stations by an operator, who will decide when it is time to close doors and send them on their way. We've been told the budget for the upgrade is around 75 million dollars. Interestingly, direction of travel may be reversed on all lines, in part to improve safety. Circling Seven Seas Lagoon, the Exterior/Express loop will run clockwise through the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Magic Kingdom. The Lagoon/Resort beam will run counter clockwise from TTC (Ticketing and Transportation Center) to the Contemporary Resort, to Magic Kingdom, to the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resort. The Epcot loop will run counter clockwise from the Epcot Station through the park to the TTC. This will negate the chance of ever having to drive a train backwards through a switch, a situation which led to the 2009 tragic fatality of a 21-year-old driver. Cameras will be added to provide train attendants with live rear-view imagery.
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