Q: Can SkyRail meet the high speed and high-capacity requirements of the Sepulveda Corridor? If so, at what speed, capacity, and frequency?
A: The LA SkyRail Express’ (LASRE) project concept alternatives (PCAs, or “Alternatives”) currently under consideration meet Metro’s stated parameters for capacity, speed, and service frequency
objectives for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor (STC) project. Key performance metrics include:
a) The LASRE Alternatives rely on 2 minutes (120 seconds) headway and would provide capacity equal-or-greater than Metro’s requirement for 12,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd)
I. Initial capacity for LASRE Alternatives on opening day would be 14,000
II. Ultimate capacity would be 19,000 pphpd and up to 25,000 pphpd (if operated
at 90-second headways with added trains)
b) The LASRE Alternatives would operate at 65mph (with a higher speed capability of up to 75 mph), with a 24-minute end-to-end travel time.
c) The network capacity required for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor (STC) is well within the capability of this technology. As a matter of fact, monorail projects across the globe are in commissioning stages
for 45,000 pphpd, and more.