If I were aggressive, would I restart promoting monorail? It wasn’t ‘hi-tech’ enough during the last few decades, but it’s practicality might be more achievable in a recession.
I believe that a ‘true’ monorail is an overlooked option. Most proposals require elevated and engineered roadbed but a simple steel-on-steel track over existing routes is the most effective option available.
The right of way is already amortized.
An iron wheel on an iron rail is proven and efficient. Track and beams are both inexpensive and common.
A monorail is simple corridor and easy engineering – cargo and passengers, containers or cars, moved over ordinary routes.
Monorail capitalizes unused rights of way, whether over existing roadbed or new point-to-point conveyance. There’s the savings, and the prosperity.