Technical Reports

Maglev Guideway Route Alignment and Right of Way Requirements

  • 02
  • Oct
  • 1992
AUTHOR: S. Carlton, T. Andriola
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/NMI-92/10
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: ROW, Travel Times, Guideway Alignment
ABSTRACT: The use of existing rights-of-way (ROW) is assessed for maglev systems by estimating trip times and land acquisition requirements for potential maglev corridors while meeting passenger comfort limits. Right-of-way excursions improve trip time but incur a cost for purchasing land. This final report documents findings of the eight tasks in establishing right-of-way feasibility by examining three city-pair corridors in detail and developing an approximation method for estimating route length and travel times in 20 additional city-pair corridor portions and 21 new corridors. The use of routes independent of existing railroad or highway rights-of- way have trip time advantages and significantly reduce the need for aggressive guideway geometries on intercity corridors. Selection of the appropriate alignment is determined by many corridor specific issues. Use of existing intercity rights-of-way may be appropriate for parts of routes on a corridor-specific basis and for urban penetration where vehicle speeds are likely to be reduced by policy due to noise and safety considerations, and where land acquisition costs are high. Detailed aspects of available rights-of-way, land acquisition costs, geotechnical issues, land use, and population centers must be examined in more detail on a specific corridor basis before the proper or best maglev alignment can be chosen. Other issues affecting the viability of maglev transportation include ridership, fare structures, and competition which are outside the scope of this research.
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