A proposal to solve Tauranga's traffic woes with a New Zealand designed and patented monorail system is to be presented to Tauranga city Councillors today.
A speaker from Sky Cabs International Ltd is to update the council's Transport Committee on the advantages and cost benefits of a high speed two-way mono beam system that the designers say will reduce congestion and pollution while improving commuting speeds.
The designers say their system is a cheaper and more efficient people mover than light rail, by using a high frequency 24/7 service.
The Sky Cabs website says the NZ system is cheaper than light rail, requires less land and can be built in a shorter time. It is also claimed to cost less than a bus rapid transit system, which the city council is looking at for Cameron Road.
The SkyCabs concept was originated by Auckland architect Hugh Chapman, who developed aspects of the design.
A patent application was made because the concept was unique and feasible, and international Patents and Copyright have been applied for. Patents are granted in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA, other countries. The initial feasibility of the concept and design has been verified by professional consultants and industrial companies.
The Public forum is held at the start of the Transport Committee meeting which begins at 1pm.