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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)

"I Can Whip Any Mechanical Robot" by Jack Dempsey (1930s)

"I Can Whip Any Mechanical Robot" by Jack Dempsey (1930s)

Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 2, 1988)