Reports to Congress

Assessment of the Potential for Magnetic Levitation Transportation Systems in the United States

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1990
KEYWORDS: Railroad Technology, Economic Analysis, Development Plan
ABSTRACT: Surface and air travel are projected to double from 1988 levels early in the 21st century. Magnetic levitation (maglev) is a relatively new transportation technology, which has the potential to alleviate growing highway and airway congestion, particularly in high-density intercity corridors. Maglev vehicles can travel safely and at relatively high speeds while suspended above a guideway by magnetic fields. Operating at maximum speeds of over 300 miles per hour (mph), maglev could be very competitive with short-haul air service and highway trips, attracting large numbers of business and other time-sensitive travelers. Maglev systems can be designed to provide efficient intermodal connection for travelers at multimodal terminals in city centers, airports, and other key locations.