1995-08-01

Passenger and Freight Maglev for the US 951921

First generation Maglev systems have been developed in Japan and Germany and will operate commercially shortly after 2000 AD, carrying passengers between Tokyo-Osaka, and Hamburg-Berlin. Maglev will be a major mode of transport in the 21st Century. In the US, intercity truck type freight will be a bigger market for Maglev than passenger transport. A National Maglev Network is described that would serve the entire US. The payback period for the Network is a few years. Technology improvements are described that could reduce the cost of 2 way Maglev guideways from the present 30 million dollars per mile to 10 million dollars per mile. A proposed project in Florida to demonstrate this advanced technology is described.

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