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Hitachi Monorail System has 3 major advantages:

Steeper Grade, Smaller Radius

Hitachi's medium and large type vehicles can maneuver around a curve radius as tight as 100 meters. The small type vehicles can turn as tight as 60 meters. Those vehicles can negotiate the minimum curve radius to 70 meters for medium and large type and 40 meters for small type, if the numbers of tight curves are limited or for non-revenue service portion like a depot or storage area. By employing rubber tires, Hitachi monorails can cope with a 6% grade within continuously 400 meters long. The guideway (track beam) requires less space.
These features simplify the installation of Hitachi Monorail System, especially in developed urban areas where space is limited.

Steeper Grade, Smaller Radius

Environmentally Friendly

Hitachi Monorail Systems are more environmentally-friendly due to its simple, narrow guideway compared with the wide bridge structure required by other transit systems.
The narrow guideway allows sunlight through to the surface street and surrounding residential/commercial area. Airflow is not blocked to/from the surface street, not causing air pollution under the structure by exhaust gas of cars. The narrow guideway feels less constrained for the public along the corridor.

Steeper Grade, Smaller Radius

Steeper Grade, Smaller Radius

Low Construction and Maintenance Costs

Low Construction and Maintenance Costs

The guideway beam for Hitachi Monorail System is produced using traditional pre-stressed concrete casting techniques. The track beams are manufactured at an offsite-casting yard. The completed beams are transported to the site just before the installation. The site impact is limited to the column construction. This greatly reduces the traffic flow impacts during construction. The quality of the track beams can be more precisely controlled at the casting yard than at the construction site. This is also effective for cost control.
In addition, the guideway structure of Hitachi Monorail System is much lighter than the wide bridge structure required by other transit systems. Consequently, the columns can be narrower, which is more economical and less obtrusive. The majority of the guideway is concrete, which requires less routine maintenance.

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Note: The typical track beam length is 20-25 meters. For crossings over 30 meters, a steel track beam section is used.