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Monorail train evacuated at Disney World

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:10 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >>A Walt Disney World spokeswoman says dozens of passengers were safely evacuated from a monorail train halted by a power outage during bad weather at its central Florida amusement complex. She says no one was hurt.

Spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler told The Associated Press there were thunderstorms around Walt Disney World when the elevated train stopped Sunday afternoon. She says a mechanized lift helped get passengers down.

"Due to weather, there was a power outage on the monorail. There's currently one train on the system without power and all the guests are now off the train," she said in a subsequent emailed update.

Wahler says the cause of the power outage wasn't immediately known. She says there was no fire and all got down calmly.

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inlanikai wrote:
Which of course raises the question: What is HART's plan for evacuating a 100 or so passengers from a stalled-between-stations, air-conditionless train due to a power outage? Ya know, the one HECO serves up with regularity.
on July 14,2014 | 05:31AM
inverse wrote:
Probably the worst place to stall is the train 'flyover' at the H1-H2 freeway interchange. Not only would stalled riders trapped in the train be so high above ground, there is no safe way to bring them down from the train without stopping all H1-H2 traffic going at least one way.
on July 14,2014 | 07:08AM
inverse wrote:
Actually thinking more about it, even if you stop all H1-H2 freeway traffic, from that height there is no safe way to bring down many civilian riders. Hook and ladder truck with a tall ladder assume all these riders have the athletic and physical ability to crawl down a very high ladder. Air inflation slide like an airplane? At that height it would be too dangerous to inflate such a slide. Rider can get off the train and walk on the track to the next station but that in itself will be dangerous and quite a distance from the H1/H2 interchange. Oahu passengers are skre wed if they get stuck there. Got to wait for HECO to go back online delivering elecricity, which in the past, has sometime taken many, many hours. That is one of the big downsides of having an all elevated train compared to gong at grade when possible. Of course all elevated means the concrete and steel companies can make extra money er ecting all of those elevated columns and tracks.
on July 14,2014 | 07:50AM
DABLACK wrote:
They never think that one out yet. Otherwise they would add more money for the highlifts and clearance to operate them should we experience an outage. Haven't seen any writings regarding an emergency evacuation from a train by HART. Gabby gotta let the people know !!
on July 14,2014 | 07:09AM
inlanikai wrote:
Do the windows on the train cars open or are they just glass panes?
on July 14,2014 | 07:53AM
cojef wrote:
Ahh, dunno no.
on July 14,2014 | 08:38AM
atilter wrote:
ahhhh - just an incling of what to expect from the P-HART planners...planned obsolescence, inadequate safety alternatives, unknown sources of r/m funding. nothing good to come of it...no matter how much rationalization/marketing/paid-blogging takes place. at this point, if anything is done to address these concerns, it will only increase the existing costs significantly in the form of change orders and design changes - all of which will be borne by future generations in the form of higher and more governmental assessments, and increased traffic woes. the writing's on the wall folks. check your neighborhood graffitti locations.
on July 14,2014 | 12:21PM
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