Suspended rail system concept receives MIT award

Suspended rail system concept receives MIT award

The project of a lightweight transport system, the cabins of which move along paths suspended above the roadway, received a prize in the competition for climate protection at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This month, the jury recognized the “C-Train” train as the best in the “transport” category at the MIT Climate CoLab competition, which is held to develop international cooperation in the search for innovative solutions.

Suspension rail system concept

Suspension rail system concept

The idea of ​​the road above the ground was proposed by Indian engineer Ashwani Kumar Upadhaya with the support of Jacob Innovations Inc. It is intended for use in residential areas as an alternative to expensive metro and traditional surface rail services.

Tram-like wagons move through the air along paths that support the light arches that connect the sidewalks on opposite sides of the street. In one direction they move along rails, in the opposite direction they hang down below them.

Suspension rail system concept

Suspension rail system concept

To save airspace and reduce the weight of the train in each trailer will be 10-12 seats, and the place for standing will be limited, as in the cabin.

According to the developers, trains will arrive at the station every 10 seconds, which will allow the system to carry 3,600 passengers per hour.

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Suspended road will operate without the participation of drivers. During the landing, passengers will tell the automated system where they need to go.
Jacob Innovations claim that the average price of a train wagon will be only 30 thousand dollars, while the system will be silent and environmentally friendly.

“The advantage of such a model is its simplicity and practicality,” one of the authors of the project Ashwani Kumar Upadhaya told the Indian Express in an interview. “Some ideas are very good on paper, but they cannot be put into practice. I think we won because our proposal is not one of those. "

He added: “Let's hope that the drawings will not end the case and we will be able to build a trial track at some point in the world. This will be the beginning of the next chapter. ”

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