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Japanese JR-Maglev  (Source: Yosemite)
Government funnels $45M into maglev proposal.

President Bush signed a transportation bill that will help fund a high speed maglev train between Disneyland and Las Vegas. The initial $45M investment will be used for environmental studies to evaluate construction impact on one portion of the proposed maglev route.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., showed support of the project and said the maglev train "will safely and efficiently move people between southern California and Las Vegas."

As more nations begin to roll out maglev train systems, critics in the U.S. grow increasingly frustrated over the lack of support of organized high speed trains in the United States.

With speeds up to 300 MPH, the maglev train will be able to transport passengers between the two locations, about 250 miles apart, in less than two hours. Most drivers who go from the Los Angeles or Anaheim area to Las Vegas are forced to take Interstate 15, but the highway routinely is clogged with gridlock during rush hour.

Congress must now choose the maglev system over other train projects under consideration by the government, including a diesel-electric train that was proposed after a 2005 funding mishap that delayed the Disneyland-Las Vegas line. Japan was the first nation to launch a diesel-hybrid train system, but the train was twice as expensive to build as a regular train.

The United States Maglev Coalition (USMC) is an organization wanting to develop maglev technology in the U.S. The group helped the federal government fix a September 2005 report that "unfairly and erroneously criticized maglev's costs while ignoring its benefits."

Maglev trains are extremely expensive to create, so $45M could easily lead to a multi-billion dollar investment. The Shanghai maglev train network cost almost $30M per mile to create, and a proposed route in Japan is estimated to cost up to $82B to complete.

Germany, Canada, England, China and Japan are included in the small selection of countries that either have working maglev systems or are testing maglev technology.



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RE: Isn't it fun
By MRwizard on 6/8/2008 10:59:59 PM , Rating: 3
i think this is very important. We are getting into the "green" side of things more and more. Atleast bush has done 1 thing good :P


RE: Isn't it fun
By zaxxon on 6/9/2008 2:18:40 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, green in what respect? The train ITSELF emits no fumes or toxic waste, but where do the humongous amounts of electricity come from that it needs during operation (not to speak what it consumes during construction)???

ah, yeah, from the prez' energy alternative... coal...


RE: Isn't it fun
By pxavierperez on 6/9/2008 3:31:28 AM , Rating: 2
good gawd... by "green" he meant "money."


RE: Isn't it fun
By krwhite on 6/9/2008 5:13:06 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't have to come from Coal plants. Solar/Wind infrastructure could eventually be tied into the system. Do you think we will always be so backward? Airplanes however will always burn jet fuel. Don't like it? Ok sir, what's better?


RE: Isn't it fun
By Alexstarfire on 6/9/2008 8:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, at the rate we are going... yes, I believe we will be backwards forever. The people who have the power really don't want to change the way we've been doing things the last several decades, because if they did, they'd at least have had some sense to construct a few nuclear plants, but they don't.


RE: Isn't it fun
By FITCamaro on 6/9/2008 6:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
We could build nuclear plants.....oh wait they explode all the time. I think that was proven by the two accidents that have happened in 30 years.


RE: Isn't it fun
By Etsp on 6/9/2008 9:09:24 AM , Rating: 2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civilian_nucl...

It was more than I expected to see as well, although, many of these were minor and/or were caused by people not following protocol and/or were early in nuclear development.


RE: Isn't it fun
By masher2 (blog) on 6/9/2008 11:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
And even more were in small-scale experimental reactors.

It's important to realize that, in the western world, no commercial power plant accident has ever killed anyone....a rate far safer than coal, wind, or even solar power.


RE: Isn't it fun
By FITCamaro on 6/9/2008 4:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Do you mean commercial nuclear power plant?


RE: Isn't it fun
By andrinoaa on 6/10/2008 6:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
At least now we have a pattern. Masher2, ringold,fitcamaro.......... guys , your cover has been broken. How much are you paid by the nuclear industry. And how much will they pay me to become a fan boy too?
Every time we get a new idea, out come the "glow boys".
The majority have spoken, we don't want your nuclear power. Stop pushing it at every issue , already


RE: Isn't it fun
By rudolphna on 6/9/2008 10:33:11 AM , Rating: 1
2 incidents in 30 years isnt bad... and weve come a long way since then. We have much more advanced safety systems now. When was the last time you heard about a nuclear incident? Nuclear power is the way forward. We need to have many more built. You know what we do with the nuclear waste?... send it to the sun. "They explode all the time" WTF? Idiot, stfu about things you know nothing about.


RE: Isn't it fun
By JCY on 6/9/2008 7:25:48 AM , Rating: 2
I can’t say how much energy there is needed to power maglev track segment. But in a maglev system like the one used in China and Germany. The line is divided up in a lot of small segments. Only small parts of the track is powered as the train passes over them, so no more than two track segments would be on per train. Cutting the energy needed significantly.


RE: Isn't it fun
By FITCamaro on 6/9/2008 8:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
Thats true. You don't have to have the entire track powered up all at the same time.


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