Thursday, May 24, 2007

Closer Than We Think! Monoline Express (1961)


Arthur Radebaugh's Closer Than We Think! strip for the May 21, 1961 Chicago Tribune envisioned a Monoline Express of the future. Below is the text of the strip.

Two ideas now being developed in Detroit - an automatic highway and a high-speed monorail bus system - are combined in the concept of the Monoline Express, in which private automobiles will use a novel "high road" to commute to town or travel between cities.

General Motors proposes the "autoline" - a computer-controlled highway in which cars would travel almost bumper to bumper at speeds of 120 miles per hour or more. And a business group wants to see the two sections of the University of Michigan campus linked by a "monobus" which would move on a novel monorail guide trough up in the air. Put together, the two concepts result in automatic travel in your own car at light aircraft speed!


See also:
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A. (1958)
'Flying Saucer' Buses (1950)
Word Origins: Imagineering (1947)
Speed is Key to Future Travel (1965)

1 comment:

Matthew said...

The aerial monorail aside, the design of those cars for once looks remarkably modern.