Somehow, Seattle’s monorail got built without a safe evacuation plan.
“It just stopped” – Monorail breaks down, firefighters rescue passengers
Brad Wong, Seattle P-I, 8/25/08
Monorail stops with 200 passengers stranded aboard for 90 minutes. “The heat was unbearable” and after 20 minutes, passengers managed to open an emergency door. Firefighters arrived to set up their aerial ladders to reach the passengers. Bottled water was lifted up in baskets for passengers waiting to be rescued. “Getting on the ladder was a little scary.”
The monorail was taken out of service earlier this month due to electrical problems that sapped one set of drive motors of full power. At the time, officials with Seattle Monorail Services said the malfunction could result in sluggish speeds for the monorail, or leave it stranded.
Monorail stalls; passengers evacuated
, Seattle Times, 8/23/08
On Saturday, firefighters took the estimated 200 passengers down truck ladders one and two at a time.
, KIROtv and Seattle Times, 8/25/08
The Seattle monorail is slow to get rolling Monday morning, after the weekend breakdown.
Like Houston’s Wham Bam Tram, Seattle’s monorail is ridiculed for its mechanical failures. Houston Chronicle stopped reporting on LRT accidents.
Six days since last monorail breakdown
, The Old New Thing, 8/21/06
In Seattle, a Dream From the Past Has a Hazy future
, William Yardley, NY Times, 9/25/06
So, what is Mufi’s plan for mechanical failures of Honolulu’s proposed trains? The public has yet to receive specific details, nothing on security and evacuation plans to protect passenger safety and security.