This unique hybrid maglev-monorail system is more than just a pipe dream.

Many people who advocate for public transit also fear opposition from those who are accustomed to being able to move about in an individual manner with cars. In certain circles, this group sometimes seems to have won out. However, a futuristic on-demand 500m monorail test loop being built at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel combines the best of both worlds and might have you thinking differently about transit.

SkyTran, which was developed by Stanford Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering graduate Douglas J. Malewicki, has big plans to bring its transportation idea to markets in the United States, India and Europe – but will it catch on?

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