1989-08-01

Magnetic Levitation Transportation Strategy 891719

This is a comparative assessment of the three magnetic levitation high speed mass transportation systems currently under extensive development, and in the prototype vehicle demonstration stage, in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and in Japan: One approach, which is promoted by Transrapid International (TRI) in FRG, is based on the electro magnetic levitation (EML) concept; a second approach, which is promoted by the High Speed Surface Transport Corporation (HSST), is based on the EML concept developed and licensed from Japan Air Lines (JAL); a third approach, which is promoted by the Railroad technology Research Institute (RTRI) (Sogo Tetsudo Gijutsu Kenkyusho), the developer of the Shinkansen train, is based on the super conductive electro dynamic levitation (EDL) concept. See references (1)(2) Also included is an outline of a new high speed transportation strategy for North America (HSTSNA), which is needed to supplement the existing airline hub concept and personal automobile expressway system currently in place.

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