In today’s Bee, writer Tony Bizjak reports on a number of traffic concerns from folks in-the-know concerning the new Cal Expo arena plans.Â The piece pretty fairly andd succinctlyÂ addresses the concerns of a number of agencies, groups, and individuals, as well as putting forth a fledgling solution, even at this early stage:
Bartosik and other area business officials, in fact, already have been studying a potential traffic reducer — a streetcar that would run on tracks on or off the street.Â It could bring people into the area from a nearby light-rail station, looping them to the Cal Expo gates and the Arden Fair front entrance.
Amazingly enough, not one of the so-called experts mentioned the futuristically fantastic solution staring them right in the face.Â It’s a solution so singular it only needs one track, so simple it’s already been built, so elegant it only takes one word to express it: Monorail!Â (From now on, any mention of the Monorail! will use a capitalized “M” and an exclamation point.)
It’s time to stop thinking in the now and start thinking in the 1960’s.Â Monorail technology is here to stay.Â The tracks are already laid throughout Cal Expo and can be expanded with a little concrete and a whole lot of knowhow.Â Â I am declaring on this here forum thatÂ I am fully behind the Sacramento Monorail! Expansion Project (SMEP) which will take the exisiting Cal Expo Monorail! and extend it to three satellite parking areas, the Railyards, the Longview Lightrail station, and Sac State.Â Since the Monorail! runs 100% on magnets it’s great for the environment.Â (I think I’m solid on the engineering here, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)Â Before too long (2010?), the Monorail! will be able to fly, which will greatly expand its regional significance, but, for the time being, the Monorail! is simply the best, cleanest, and most “put Sacramento on the map” choice that we have in front of us.Â I’m on board, Poppy is on board, you should be on board to.Â Write to your city planners that they need to get on board the Monorail! and support SMEP.Â It’s about time for a single rail solution.