Maglev is the generic label for a family of technologies, including two modes of magnetic suspension (attraction and repulsion), magnetic guidance and linear electric drives for applications from shuttle service to intercity transportation. Low-speed systems are in service. Intermediate- and high-speed systems are at an advanced prototype development, testing and demonstration phase. This paper reviews the modes of Maglev, the status of system development, and the prospects for implementation. The evolution towards technological maturity is such that Maglev is a realistic transportation option for the nineties.