The city of Monza, the administrative center of the province of Monza and Brianza in the north of Italy, is world-famous for the fact that it hosts the Italian Grand Prix, one of the oldest stages of the world championship in auto racing in “Formula 1” class at its motordrome from the very first season to the present day.
Nevertheless, it is not enough for the residents of the region to enjoy this view of high-speed racing once a year, as evidenced by the article that appeared on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the local Internet edition “Il Cittadino MB” under the heading “Transport, SkyWay for the route in Vimercate: a suspended monorail is an alternative to M2”. It reads about the idea to connect Cologno Nord (a suburban station on the second line of the Milan metro in the municipality of Cologno Monzese) with the city of Vimercate using “driverless cabs running along an elevated track and controlled remotely”, announced by a provincial advisor Fabio Meroni, member of the Northern League. As the author of the article Monica Bonalumi pointedly noted, “the idea is in the air.”
According to the former mayor of Lissone: “We have been talking for more than twenty years about extending the green line of the metro, which we haven’t realized due to significant costs. Now, to speed up the process, politicians should also analyze alternative technologies used in other countries.”
“For some time, ―the politician continued his thought, ― other projects are being implemented in various regions that differ from traditional metro systems ― from the monorail to cable ways and transport systems on the overpass.” He paid special attention to the string technology based on the SkyWay project, which, according to him, will be used in Dubai already during the Expo 2020. “This second-level track system, ― explains Meroni, ― is much cheaper than the underground or surface metro, because it does not involve either digging tunnels or laying roads in such urban areas as ours, since it is arranged on pillars along which a special rail passes at a height... String roads are faster to build, and since they are elevated, they also require less funds for land acquisition.”
On January 22, the project was submitted to several mayors of the province, and on March 7 the Transport Commission will consider it, after which there will come a period of discussing this proposal with the local authorities of the cities of Agrate, Brugherio, Carugate, Concorezzo and, naturally, Vimercate. The representative of Carroccio commented: “Politics should look to the future, without becoming attached to the past. Today, there are technologies that were unthinkable two decades ago: the region and the province could arrange a visit to Belarus, to a thematic park created so that state bodies could understand how this transport operates.” In his opinion, such trip can be made in one day. Infrastructure debates will become increasingly important on the government’s agenda over the next few years, because, “If regional autonomy comes into force, Lombardy will have more powers and authority in the field of transport and more resources for investment. Therefore, it would be possible to decide on the promotion of innovative programs: for this reason, I am trying to revive the comparison of transport solutions between Cologno-Nord and Vimercate.”
The colossal indirect effect of the joint project of SkyWay and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority - Dubai Sky Pods - is obvious, and we sincerely wish the residents of the Lombardy administrative region to enjoy driving fast any day, regardless of the calendar of the world championship in royal races!
The original publication can be found here.
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