Sydney's monorail inspires both love and hatred and it seems the haters have won. The last public rides will be on the thirtieth of June, this Sunday, and it will then be dismantled with little prospect of seeing operation again. As useful public transport, it was a miserable failure. As a tourist attraction, it worked well enough. As an attractive addition to Sydney's Street, it was ghastly.
I have been on it more times than I care to remember, usually to get to Darling Harbour or the Chinese Gardens, but sometimes just within the city. The first issue is it only goes one way. Fine if you want to go one way, but if you want to go back one station, you are forced to do almost a full circuit Wikipedia tells me a circuit takes 12 minutes. I don't believe that at all, or maybe it just seems to take forever. Apparently it is actually 15 minutes.
At times there were paper tickets to travel, other times tokens had to be bought and the last time I rode it, I paid at a vending machine.
Most of what is below is from the Sydney Morning Herald.
The late Nobel Laureate Patrick White hated it and campaigned vigorously against its construction - ''one of many autocratic farces perpetuated
by the powerful on our citizens,'' in his words.
Who else of note campaigned against it? Well, quite a few, magazine publisher Ita Buttrose,
actor Ruth Cracknell, unionist and Green Ban activist Jack Mundy, architect Harry Seidler and
even Nick Greiner who went on to become State Premier some years later.