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FRA/Volpe Center Task Force Observation of Operations at TVE Transrapid Test Facility

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1993
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration; Volpe National Transportation Systems Center High Speed Guided Ground Transportation Safety Task Force
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment
ABSTRACT: Maglev technology is currently being considered for several passenger ground transportation corridors in the United States. A franchise has been awarded by the Florida High Speed Rail Commission to Maglev Transit, Inc. (MTI), to build a demonstration project in Florida. A maglev system, linking a station at the Orlando International Airport with a station approximately three miles east of Disney World on International Drive, will be constructed for operation of a 22.5 km route at speeds up to 400 km/h. Currently in the planning states is maglev service between downtown Pittsburgh, PA and the Pittsburgh Airport. Other routes are also being considered. Under the provisions of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 1988, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of any maglev systems implemented in the United States. This report describes the operations witnessed and the relevant information obtained by nine members of the FRA/Volpe Center High Speed Guided Ground Transportation Safety Task Force during 9 weeks of observation of maglev development certification testing at the TVE Transrapic Test Facility at Emsland, Germany