What is Skybus?

The skybus metro consists of light coaches suspended from sky bogies on the skyway. The skyway is supported by a series of piers placed along the dividers on the road. The skybus is suspended on the wheels and travels on overhead twin railway tracks enclosed in a concrete box. It can be boarded on a sky station every 500 meters and can be accessed by prepaid cards.

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The skybus metro allows flexibility and needs very little road space. It does not hamper existing road traffic and forms a grid for the city, providing point-to-point service, elimination additional expenditure on inter-modal transportation. A two-coach skybus of length 20 meters can handle 20,000 to 80,000 passengers an hour, said Mr. M. Rajaram, managing Director of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited.

A city can have four routes of 15 km each and four routes of 10 km, cutting across, forming a grid covering bout 150 sq. km., which can provide the capacity to move 60 lakh to 70 lakh commuters a day. Sky has been been introduce in any city in India though a 1.6 km test track was constructed at Madgaon, Goa, sometime ago to demonstrate its technical feasibility.

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