Simulation du monorail sur l'autoroute 40, au carré D'youville dans la ville de Québec et traversant le pont de Québec.

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The objective

Our goal is to inform as many people as possible of the enormous economic advantages in the development of the suspended TQ monorail system motorised by motor-wheels.

  1. The TQ monorail will be the least costly transport system to construct in the world ; it will cost approximately three times less to build than the French TGV. (see, Costs of construction)
  2. The monorail will be flexible to install practically anywhere : on the flat ground between two highways ; along an existing highway ; can be fixed to an existing bridge in order to cross a river ; in addition, the TQ monorail can go up and down hills, go under a building and rise up on the other side. (see, Description of monorail and Flexibility)
  3. In addition to low construction costs and great flexibility, the TQ monorail will travel at a rather high speed (250km/h), remain entirely ecological and profitable to the owner compagny or country, even in low densely populated areas. (see, Description of the monorail)
  4. The system could transport passengers as well as merchandise and thereby reduce the number of cars and truck on our roads. (see, Description of the monorail)
  5. This new technology has a great economic potential, since it could be exported to every country in the world, and reduce congestion in large cities, link airports to major cities, and link cities over longue distances, etc.
  6. Our first requirement is to build a 5 km test track at a cost of approximately 250 M$. (see, The financial requirements)

Description of the monorail

professeur jpegThe TQ monorail is not an ordinary « train » with a dozen or so vehicles connected together. Each vehicle travels independantly, at a short distance from each other.

The suspended monorail is a new collectif transport technology powered by the motor-wheel invented by Dr. Pierre Couture in 1994. Each transport unit ressembles a motor-bus. Each one remains autonomous and motorised by 16 motor-wheels, new generation, adapted to the elevated rail, light but very powerful. The system is electric and runs on a rail that ressembles an inverted « T ». Each vehicle can transport 60 to 75 passengers confortably seated or 10 tons of merchandise in a container.

The costs of construction

grueA Quebec study conducted by the Montréal Institute for Research in Contemporary Economics (IREC) (Institut de recherche en économie contemporaine) has established in 2010 the construction costs of the suspended monorail to be 12 M$ per kilometer between Montréal and Québec (a distance of some 250 km) and 9M$/km for subsequent lines, which is approximately three times less than the French TGV. (For details see L'électrification du transport collectif: un pas vers l'indépendance énergétique du Québec » (IREC), page 63) And this, for several reasons.

The numerous ecological advantages

ecologiqueThose who understand the technical aspects of the monorail will immediately recognize why vehicles travelling at a certain height from the ground will maintain the environment practically intact, permetting people, animals, cars and trains to continue their operations without being affected undully. In addition, the monorail does not require the construction of additionnal bridges, tunnels or viaducts, a necessity for the French TGV or similar rapid trains.

The ecological advantages of the suspended monorail system are important and in line with durable development.

The motor-wheel

mot-roueThe motor-wheel is at the heart of the TQ technology. Developed in 1994 by Pierre Couture PhD, a Quebec physicist, the motor-wheel is considered by many experts as the motorisation of the future for all forms of ground transportation.

An ordinary automobile using gas-fuel, for example, pollutes with its gas emissions and remains very inefficient in terms of energy use, especially during braking. An electric automobile is four times more efficient than an average car. However, when an automobile is equiped with four motor-wheels, the efficiency increases considerably, consuming even 30% less energy than an electric automobile with a central  motor.

The financial requirements

argentThe monorail motorised by motor-wheels is first and foremost a research and development project. In order to construct networks of suspened monorails throughout the world, the project headed by Pierre Couture requires some 200 to 250 M$ extended over 4 to 5 years.

The time and money are necessary to regroup some 50 or so engineers and specialistes required to design the different systems and sub-systems of the monorail, and put into place a research centre (R&D) capable of constructing a 5 km test track in order to demonstate the efficiency and power of the system.

The flexibility

flexiThe TQ monorail is a new technological concept, based on the motor-wheel, which does not exist anywhere in the world at the present time. This public transport system offers great flexibility. It can adapt to varying needs and  adjust easily to various transport situations.

Elevated at 10 or so meters, the monorail can be installed practically anywhere : on the flat strip of land betweem two major highways or in the middle of a urban highway. But since each monorail can reach 250km/h in less than a minute, it can service all major cities situated between a departure city and its final destination, without loosing much time, a phenomenon which is impossible for a TGV.