Passenger cabs with a capacity of 8 passengers seated and 8 standing operate on demand in both directions riding under a monobeam with up to 6 second frequencies. Cabs come off the main beam into stations as required allowing cabs to further destinations to pass without stopping.
ONE SKYCAB MONOBEAM OPERATING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS CARRIES THE SAME NUMBER OF PASSENGERS AS A FOUR LANE MOTORWAY.
** Vastly cheaper and faster than heavy or light
rail to introduce.
Little or no land acquisition costs.
** Operates above arterial roads.
Removes buses and bus lanes from the roads.
No disruption to traffic flows at rail crossings.
Each pillar has a minimal footprint of 1.5 metres.
** Much cheaper to operate
No subsidy required with fares similar to
current bus and train fares.
** Vastly greater frequency
Available 24 hours per day with a frequency
of up to 6 seconds between cabs.
Maximum projected waiting time of 1-4 minutes.
** Offers panoramic views of the beautiful Auckland
city and harbour as it operates above the arterial
roads and around the waterfront.
** Beam: Width 0.6 metres Height 0.8 metres
Span between beams: 30 metres
Height above ground 9 metres
Height of cab inside 2.5 metres
** Average speed 60 km/hr
Top speed 80 km/hr
Minimum headway 6 seconds
** Capacity: Each cab 8 passengers seated
plus 8 standing with bicycle, baggage and
At peak operation 4,800 passengers per hour
In each direction equivalent to 100 buses!
** Journey time from airport to city 24 minutes
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTES IN AUCKLAND
A line from Britomart to the airport is projected to cost around $850 million and would service central city, Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill, Onehunga. Mangere Bridge. A city wide network would cost less than the cost of the City rail Link.
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTE IN WELLINGTON
Railway Station, Lambton Quay,
Willis St, Manners St, Courtenay
Place, Basin Reserve, Hospital,
Constable St, Kilbernie, Airport
POTENTIAL SKYCAB ROUTE IN CHRISTCHURCH
Cathedral Square, Worcester St, (hospital), Museum,
Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, Riccarton Rd,
University, Ilam Rd, Memorial Avenue, Airport.
SKYCABS IS A NEW ZEALAND SYSTEM DESIGNED BY HUGH CHAPMAN IN 2000. IT HAS WORLD LEADING TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICE WITH HUGE EXPORT POTENTIAL. IT IS ALREADY PATENTED IN MANY COUNTRIES.
For further information see www.skycabs.co.nz
THERE ARE LEAST 30 MAJOR CITIES AROUND THE WORLD WHICH RECOGNISE THE ADVANTAGES OF THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES OVER RAIL (LIGHT OR HEAVY) AND ARE WAITING TO SEE THE FIRST PROVEN SYSTEM TO INTRODUCE TO THEIR CITIES. NEW ZEALAND COULD BE WORLD LEADERS IN NEW TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH HUGE EXPORT POTENTIAL!!!
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT PANEL OF COMPETENT ENGINEERS TO EXAMINE THIS AND OTHER NEW TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES. PROVIDED SKYCABS STACKS UP THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY FUND EITHER
1. A TEST TRACK. Approximate cost $20 million OR
2. A DEVELOPMENT TRACK – two options would work
(a) Rainbows End – Manukau Mall – Council Building – Manukau Rail station OR
(b) MOTAT - Zoo - Aviation Park
Options A and B have revenue potential while the systems are tested and refined