The planning and analysis of a new group rapid transit system: the SkyCabs monobeam system in Auckland

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Journal Article

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place - australasia, place - cbd, mode - other, ridership - demand, infrastructure - stop, infrastructure - station, technology - geographic information systems, economics - appraisal/evaluation


public transport, group rapid transit, personal rapid transit, SkyCabs elevated monobeam, feasibility analysis, Auckland


This paper examines a case study of the SkyCabs system as a way to alleviate some of the traffic problems of Auckland, New Zealand. SkyCabs is an elevated two-way monobeam carrying light eight-seater cabs on tracks on each side of the beam, available on demand, providing fast, pollution-free, unimpeded travel above the footpath with panoramic views of the city. The aim of this study is to investigate the attractiveness of implementing the SkyCabs system to and from Auckland central business district (CBD) and Auckland international airport by examining four variables: different routes, different number of stops/stations, different passenger demand levels, and different number of cabs in the system. The analysis utilizes geographical information system and simulation tools for the various scenarios considered. The results show that it is possible to assess the cost–benefit of alternative routes in terms of those four variables and rate of return on investment.


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