BINGO!It'll be done in "phases"
Phase 1 - Resort line will be resort guests only, express will require an annual pass or $8.99/per person/per trip "Monorail Experience Ticket" - Epcot line closes "for a re-imagined Bus activation"
Phase 2 - Express line shuts down, resort guests only *guests who paid the full nightly rate only
Phase 3 - Monorail shuts down
Easy solution. Remember all the FREE transportation around WDW bus/boat/Skyliner/monorail
WDW will simply begin to charge for it.
One price to get your ticket to use all the transportation.
Daily, weekly (dare I say) a transportation up charge to the AP.
Once they are charging for it, the bean counters (who actually run the company) can justify repair or replacement.