The vast patchwork of railroad, passenger rail, freeway and highway systems within Virginia and U.S. that make up the state and nation’s ground transportation infrastructure has demands for high use of gasoline resources. Also the existing Virginia highways contribute highly to the impact on the world environment. Heavy doses of CO2 and other pollutants are emitted by the vehicles that transit I-95, Route 1, and I-64 especially those in constant traffic jams. At the right is two graphs that show Passenger Car and Light truck Emissions Pollution and use of Gasoline.
"One of the strongest pieces of evidence for human-induced climate change is the consistent rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) in modern times." NOAA note.
Monorails have virtually no emission of pollutants.
Las Vegas Monorail - "reducing emissions by more than 24 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year."
Use of Monorails along I-95 would reduce traffic immensely. Las Vegas Monorail has While the VRE, and other transportation methods provide some relief, it is a inconsistent in timing and coverage. Daily traffic on I-95 is over 1,200 vehicle per day (ref: VDOT) and climbing. Use of alternate transportation means (VRE, Metro, Buses, etc.) is over 27,000 riders per day on I-95 (ref: VDOT) and is at a maximum, does not provide convenient located stations and not always on schedule.
Las Vegas Monorail - "annual removal of an estimated 1.9 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways" and "in-service rate of more than 99 percent"
The Virginia transportation network has reached its effective capacity. Bridges, roads and highways are of in need of repair and replacement. Richmond has only roads that need repair. AMTRAC runs old diesel locomotives vice electric South of DC. Metro does not cover very far to the South of the Beltway. Norfolk and Hampton are almost isolated except by limited highways and tunnels. "More roads won't solve traffic on I-95 in Northern Virginia" by David Versel ; December 9, 2013.
More Roads will Not Solve Transportation Needs in Virginia
"The Virginia Monorail Project" and other Monorail efforts propose a strategic reorganization of the roles of government and transportation authorities in the planning, financing and implementation of transportation systems and services.
Many Monorails exist worldwide (53) and in the U.S. (10) with Las Vegas being the most recent built (2004). Disney and several U.S. cities have Monorails that are fully operational. Ridership is high in these Monorails and others in the U.S. and worldwide. This paradigm envisions fundamentally new, and innovative relationships between Virginia and U.S. government at all levels, and the full range of transportation issues confronting the United States, its communities, cities and networks of commerce; all served by a new, national monorail industry.
"A single rail serving as a track for passenger or freight vehicles. In most cases rail is elevated, but monorails can also run at grade, below grade or in subway tunnels. Vehicles are either suspended from or straddle a narrow guideway. Monorail vehicles are WIDER than the guideway that supports them. " Quoted from The Monorail Society website.
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Las Vegas Monorail 2011
Monorail can save a lot of money, rise above the traffic and not impact the environmental. Standard speed is 50 mph. Newer Maglev technology Monorail can run up to 310 mph as seen in China since 2004.
The Virginia Monorail Project is a conceptual idea dedicated to bringing forth a new transportation paradigm within Virginia and U.S. while, encompassing planning and technological policy from the national to the community level. This concept is based on “The Monorail Society” information and on “The American Monorail Project” concept in California. This website mirrors many of the same ideas.