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Monorailex is THE platform for networking and exchange with professionals and experts in the transport sector, operator, supplier and academic field. The goal of IMA and the Monorailex is to establish the Monorail System as a recognized solution in the public transportation sector.

In addition, the association will once again be present as an exhibitor at InnoTrans 2024 - the leading international trade fair for railway and transport technology -  which takes place from 24 to 27 September in Berlin, Germany. We would therefore like to draw your attention to a new offer. We are opening our stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 100 to interested co-exhibitors and/or sponsors who do not (yet) wish to have their own stand, but would still like to exhibit or be present at the leading trade fair for railway and rail transport technology in order to meet with potential or existing customers there.

Become a sponsor and help to bring the International Monorail Association to the next level and get attention and exposure at the event and online to an audience involved in the public transport and monorail business. 

Support us. You have two options this year. You will find the overview with included services and benefits of the different packages in our information brochures available for download.

Monorailex 2024 - Call for Papers

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We encourage and invite professionals across the world to submit paper proposals for the Monorailex 2024 Conference, scheduled to be held in Neumarkt, Germany on September 20 through 22, 2024 with kind support of Max Bögl followed by a visit to InnoTrans in Berlin.

Monorailex is the annual conference of the International Monorail Association with its goal to provide a platform to present new research and development of monorail systems and operational findings. This platform targets towards experts involved in transportation planning in communities and metropolitan regions, in the industry as monorail system suppliers, the supply and service industries for vehicles and infrastructure, researchers and operators for mass transportation for an exchange.

The International Monorail Association also welcomes researchers to submit their original articles, which can be of academic or of practical value, to be published for the first time. We seek contributions that illustrate the different transportation systems, and ways to enhance their efficiency and showcase opportunities for empowering citizens in finding solutions in mass transportation.

Monorailex 2024 Theme

On Track to Progress – Monorail Integration in Public Transport

All necessary information for authors (download)and the corresponding form sheet (download) can also be found on our event website www.monorailex2024.org. We look forward to receiving your submission.

More details about the monorail industry conference will be announced in spring.

Monorailex 2023

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The International Monorail Association is excited to invite you to join its 15th annual conference, Monorailex 2023, scheduled to be held in São Paulo, Brazil on October 20 through 22, 2023 with kind support of Metro São Paulo.

A special feature of our conference will be again the subsequent “Technical Visits” on Monday and Tuesday (October 23 and 24) this time to monorail lines 15 and 17 of São Paulo Metro and to the construction site of AEROMOVEL at Guarulhos Airport. . On operating Line 15 – Silver, plans include a ride on the train, a visit to the nearby construction site for the line extension, a visit to depot Oratório with maintenance facilities, and the operations centre. Additional visits are planned for Line 17 – Gold, which is under construction.

Monorailex 2023 Theme

Best Practice and further Evolution of Monorails as Public Transportation Systems

Another highlight of the conference includes the in-house exhibition where sponsors have the opportunity to present their companies and service portfolios in detail to conference participants.

And, as always, Monorailex will provide the invaluable opportunity to network with other professionals in the field. For those who will not be able to attend on-site, we offer remote participation, as we have in the past.

An additional offer is our spouse program: for those traveling to São Paulo accompanied by their partner, we offer guided city tours for the weekend.

For any enquiries regarding the program, please contact: info@monorailex.org
We look forward to seeing you at Monorailex 2023!

Please follow www.monorailex2023.org for continuous updates.

Mononorailex 2022

BannerThe International Monorail Association is excited to invite you to join its 14th annual conference, Monorailex 2022, scheduled to be held in Europa-Park Rust, Germany on September 16 through 18, 2022. In addition, there will be a Technical Visits Tour with stops in Nuremberg and Berlin from September 19 to 21, 2022.

This hybrid event takes place in advance of the world‘s largest trade fair for transport technology – InnoTrans. Monorailex 2022 is composed of presentation of scholarly papers and expert lecturers sharing their experience with the professional audience. Other highlights of the conference include the presentation of the first edition of the
Technical Performance Specifications and a comprehensive monorail market study commissioned by IMA. And, as always, Monorailex will provide the invaluable opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.

We are very pleased and honored to announce Paulo Sèrgio Amalfi Meca, Director of Engineering and Planning at Metrô São Paulo, for the keynote speech, who will give some insights of the process of choosing the monorail mode to be implemented for Lines 15 and 17, challenges faced during construction and their experience as an operator.

Please visit www.monorailex2022.org to get all program information.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MONORAILEX 2021

We look back on an exciting and successful Monorailex Conference 2021. During the planning period it wasn’t clear if we would be able to host the Conference in-person, but we were lucky that Italy lifted some of its restrictions early, and with great support from Marino Torre (Hitachi) and Agostino Marioni (Hirun) we could host the Conference in-person in Milan.

Due to still ongoing COVID19 restrictions, some members and interested parties from Egypt, Brazil, India, China, and other countries around the globe couldn’t attend in-person, but the conference was set up as a hybrid event which made it possible to attend over Zoom; and with this to contribute to a successful event with valuable presentations and lively discussions.

The conference started on Friday, Sept 24 at the 21WOL Hotel in Milan with the Annual General Meeting of the IMA (International Monorail Association). On Saturday and Sunday, 30 participants attended in-person and 25 participated over Zoom remotely.
There were 17 technology and market-oriented presentations and 2 specifications workshops in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday followed with two days of technical visits on Monday and Tuesday:

  • The visit at Marconi Express in Bologna was combined with a ride of Intamin's P30 System, insights into the OCC, and a detailed explanation of the system followed by a discussion on the various challenges and framework conditions with Rita Finzi, President of Marconi Express, and Franz Zürcher, Vice President Intamin Transportation. The Marconi Express system reduced a 35minute bus ride between the airport and Bologna main train station to 7 minutes.
  • At the Politecnico di Milano – one of the leading European Universities for Engineering, Architecture, and Design – Prof. Daniele Rocchi, Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, welcomed the group of delegates with presentations and visits of different research laboratories e.g., railway engineering including a visit at wind tunnel test facility, where, for example, the construction of bridge structures can also be tested in models of up to almost 14 meters length.
  • Metro Line 4 & 5 as fully automated transport solutions: Hitachi as a supplier of the CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) gave a presentation on their system and the related project in Milan. In addition, the delegates were able to gain a personal impression of fully automated metro operations with the metro ride to visit the Operations Control Centre and in-depth explanation in an exchange with the operator ATM.

The conference ended with a tour and visit to the Expo Ferroviaria, the most important national railway fair in Italy. Next to all technical and specific interchange between the attendees, there were also some fun activities like a small sightseeing tour through Milan, a visit to the vineyards in Montalto Pavese with lots of time shared along the exquisite and delicious Italian cuisine. A small photographic summary of the Monorailex 2021 can be found here.

DIGITAL MONORAIL WORKSHOP AND PRESENTATIONS 2020

We strive to keep our members safe and healthy while continuing to support the monorail industry during these tough times. This year Monorailex was held via Virtual Meeting to ensure the safety of our members and colleagues. The Virtual Meeting was organized in a series of activities that began on 19 September to 22 September, in 3 to 4-hour sessions each day.

The purpose and goal of the Virtual Workshop 2020 was to work on the further development of the association as well as the strategic direction for its future.

During last year’s assembly meeting (MONORAILEX 2019) that was held in Chiba, Japan, the IMA implemented two working groups whose focus was to further the development of the association.

Turnkey Systems Working Group

  • Purpose: Establish applicable turnkey system performance requirement, based on international standards, to assist consultants, authorization bodies, etc.,
  • Main content: Proven best practices for optimized total system approach for safe and efficient operation (e.g. passenger capacity, fleet-sizing),
  • Communication Platforms: Contact other association, norming organization.

Subsystems Working Group

  • Purpose: Define the recognizable international standards to support customer and industry procurement processes,
  • Main content: Establish the detailed integrated subsystem performance-based requirements or specifications,
  • Communication Platforms: Customer events, conferences, paper, web page.

Monorailex 2019

The 11th International Monorail Associations Annual Conference (Monorailex 2019) was held at the Hotel the Manhattan in Chiba, Japan from November 24 to 27, 2019.  This event took place ahead of the Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2019, held at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Center in Chiba. This year's conference format included presentations of scholarly papers, technical tours and networking opportunities with other professionals in the field of monorail.

The technical tours included in this year's event consisted of visits to the Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2019, Tokyo Monorail, Tama Monorail, the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, monorail ride to NIFREL, monorail ride to Senri-Chuo Station, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

Monorailex 2018

The 10th International Monorail Association Annual Conference (Monorailex 2018) was held at the Novotel Hotel am Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany from September 13 to 15, 2018. Monorailex conferences aim to provide a platform for experts and scholars in the field of monorail transportation and business development to share knowledge, discuss existing problems, opportunities, and challenges, while strengthening international cooperation for this cutting-edge technology. The format for Monorail 2018 included presentations of scholarly papers, roundtable workshop sessions, technical tours and opportunities to network with other professionals in the field. We thank everyone for their participation.

Monorailex 2017

The International Monorail Association, Beijing Jiaotong University, and China Monorail Transportation Development Research Center announced Monorailex 2017. The conference and exhibition took place at Beijing Jiaotong University, in Beijing, China, September 7-9, with an impressive list of Chinese companies co-organizing the event. The event showcased the progress in the Monorail and Maglev fields, and included International and Chinese exhibitors. There were three tracks in the presentations: Vehicle, Systems, and Infrastructure. 

After the conference, from September 9-13, there was an optional technical visit package offered to see the factories of CRRC in Tangshan and take a ride on one of their Maglev vehicles. Then to Chongqing, with visits to the longest operating monorail project in the world and its operating base. Next, we traveled to Nanjing-Wuhu, to tour CRRC’s vehicle manufacturing plant, a suspended monorail. Finally, we visited Bombardier's vehicle manufacturing plant in China and saw monorail vehicles for Wuhu Line 2 Phase 1 project.

ASCE APM Meeting 2016 - Toronto, Canada

Members of the Executive Committee traveled to Toronto, Canada to attend the ASCE 15th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems on April 17-20, 2016. The Executive Members identified areas of interest where IMA contributed to ASCE 21 elements of the Performance Specifications to capture Mass Transit Monorail characteristics.