Suncheon Bay Project, South Korea
First test trails start in April 2013; full passenger operation scheduled for the Autumn.
Commencing April 2013, the first VECTUS Intelligent People Movers start trial operations in Suncheon Bay, a coastal eco-park in South Korea which is world renowned for its nature, wetlands and wildlife.
The Suncheon coastal wetlands in South Korea is a world class attraction where visitors can experience its unique eco-system at close range. It is also a renowned bird sanctuary, famous for the migratory hooded crane. In recent times, the state of the Suncheon nature reserves has been hugely improved. Consequently, wildlife has flourished and visitor numbers have dramatically increased. More than three million people now visit Suncheon Bay every year. In order to minimise the impact of pollution from visitors' transportation to the area, POSCO has been commissioned to build a new ecologically friendly personal rapid transit (PRT) system, using the VECTUS technology, to enable tourists to explore Suncheon Bay with ease, without threatening the inhabiting wildlife.
The Suncheon Bay VECTUS transit is a privately funded design, build, operate and maintain project. With a fleet of forty emission free vehicles operating along five kilometres of elevated, double-tracked guideway, it will provide quiet, comfortable and efficient travel to those who visit the reserve. There will be two stations. Station One is located at the entrance to the International Garden Expo (opened April 2013) next to the International Wetlands Centre. Station Two terminus is situated next to the Suncheon Literature Museum.