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Hitachi Monorail System, based upon the "Alweg" guideway straddle design, offers mass transit planners an alternative with distinctive features when compared to other public transportation systems:
The straddle design employed by Hitachi Monorail System uses a highly efficient guideway design. The guideway's narrow beam is produced offsite so that the route corridor can remain highly accessible to the general public during construction. The completed guideway is substantially slimmer and allows more light through than the wide bridge structures required by other transit vehicle designs, while using significantly less construction material, thus resulting in substantially lower construction costs.
The rubber tires used on Hitachi Monorail System also increase traction performance allowing the vehicle to cope with steeper grades than steel wheeled vehicles. The guideway structure can be constructed in hilly and developed urban areas. As a result, transit planners have greater flexibility when configuring routes.
As an elevated system, Hitachi's monorails are grade separated
thus eliminating the potential of injury to pedestrians or collisions with automobile
traffic on surface streets.
Since the start of operations of the Tokyo Monorail in 1964, the Hitachi Monorail System has continued to be refined and enhanced. Hitachi Monorail System has been selected for mass transit corridors in Kita-Kyushu, Osaka, Tama and Okinawa. With nearly four decades of experience, Hitachi is pleased to provide a solution for urban transportation problem by offering a state of the art mass transit alternative.