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DominusNovus

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If viaduct width is a concern, you could take even more inspiration from Fallout, and existing commuter trains could be modified to be dual conventional and overhead monorail like the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, and switch modes during the transfer (precedent exists at Silver Line Way with the switch from diesel to electric catenary):
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Of course, technology has improved since 1900, so the support structure could be made thinner and less light-blocking:
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We laugh, but a retro-looking suspended monorail like Wuppertal’s would be a tourist attraction in its own right.
 

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We laugh, but a retro-looking suspended monorail like Wuppertal’s would be a tourist attraction in its own right.
Even just mentioning a potential monorail on the RKG would elicit phenomenal pearl clutching from the local public.
 

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One would think that we have learned by now that we do not tolerate overhead transportation infrastructure very well here in Boston. We build it out of expediency, but almost immediately the cries to "down the X" start. Eventually we develop the political will to put the obnoxious transportation stuff underground.

Think of all the overhead roads and rails that have come and gone here, and how many remaining are the topics of "Down the X" projects. Perhaps we should learn and not build more?
 

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One would think that we have learned by now that we do not tolerate overhead transportation infrastructure very well here in Boston. We build it out of expediency, but almost immediately the cries to "down the X" start. Eventually we develop the political will to put the obnoxious transportation stuff underground.

Think of all the overhead roads and rails that have come and gone here, and how many remaining are the topics of "Down the X" projects. Perhaps we should learn and not build more?
But how many have the panache of a 19th century suspended monorail?
 

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