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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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By jasona111 on 6/8/2008 11:21:00 PM , Rating: 5
I'd imagine this will connect to the Las Vegas monorail, so you can pretty much get from DL to your hotel in one almost seemless hop...

RE: Guess
By Doormat on 6/9/08, Rating: -1
RE: Guess
By GaryJohnson on 6/9/2008 3:15:26 AM , Rating: 3
There might be a transfer station...

That's what 'connect' means in this context. If two different transports share the same port/station they are said to 'connect' there.

RE: Guess
By Fenixgoon on 6/9/2008 7:22:18 AM , Rating: 4
I'd imagine this will connect to the Las Vegas monorail

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail!

What'd I say?


What's it called?


That's right! Monorail!


I hear those things are awfully loud...

Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.

Is there a chance the track could bend?

Not on your life, my Hindu friend.

What about us brain-dead slobs?

You'll be given cushy jobs.
Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?

No, good sir, I'm on the level.

The ring came off my pudding can.

Take my pen knife, my good man.
I swear it's Springfield's only choice...
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!


What's it called?


Once again!


But Main Street's still all cracked and broken...
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!

Homer: Mono... D'oh!

RE: Guess
By VahnTitrio on 6/9/2008 10:48:13 AM , Rating: 3
I've ridden the German ICE's and I can tell you it's pretty seamless, as you just go up or down a level to go from the ICE's to the subway lines.

Well, almost seamless. There's the obligatory 10 minutes staring at the subway map figuring out which train you need to ride and where to get off. There's also an added delay if undercover police officers think you're moving drugs from Amsterdam. No uniforms and a plastic card for a badge? We made them call over a uniformed officer before we showed our passport, which added to the delay.

RE: Guess
By masher2 on 6/9/2008 11:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
> "We made them call over a uniformed officer before we showed our passport, which added to the delay"

Good for you!

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