The concept of monorails has been around since the beginning of the 20th century. However, Japan has perfected the monorail system. The country’s busiest monorail lines in Tokyo average 130,000 passengers each day.
Despite their popularity, monorail lines typically don’t switch tracks with the same ease as traditional rail systems. Other monorails around the world follow several circular tracks rather than switching the tracks themselves. But Japanese monorails managed to combine the traditional track changing of older locomotive systems with the sleek efficiency of monorail cars.
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