- Jul 8, 2019
So the monorails are falling apart, but at least they all are programed for automation and look nicer now? Seriously, this has to be a last ditch effort to get as many years out of this fleet as possible. The fleet is 33 years old, this patchwork job that probably cost them a decent amount of money to complete will only hold them over for so long, although I don't think they care much. They saved a ton by doing this instead of buying a new fleet and they'll probably chug these along now for an extra decade until they just literally can't run anymore.
The counter to "they're falling apart" is that they were always finnicky but we live in a world now where every breakdown gets documented and tweeted out by bloggers. Obviously older things have more issues than newer things, but personally I think the degree to which they've become less reliable is generally overstated.
Of course Bombardier has newer models, but it's not as simple as plopping a new train on the existing rail - it would need to be a custom build to avoid having to retrofit all the stations.