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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: Things I care more about...
By FITCamaro on 6/9/2008 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
Uh some people have long commutes that could be better served by a high speed rail. It reduces traffic congestion, takes less time, and, as fuel prices rise, becomes more economically feasible. If you can drive your car to a station 5 minutes away, park, and take a train for 30 miles in 5 minutes instead of fighting gridlock for 2 hours, you wouldn't do it?

The biggest problem with commuter rail systems is that they take up space. Which means cities have to use eminent domain to seize land. And thats not popular.

But one properly placed and routed can be a great asset. In Florida I would have loved to have one between Tampa->Orlando->Cocoa->Melbourne. I drove from Orlando to Melbourne every day. It would have been great to take a 100+ mph commuter rail to cut down on the time, save money on gas, and relax on my way to work. And my mom could have used one cause there was a job in Tampa she wanted but the driving would have sucked.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/9/2008 4:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
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Uh some people have long commutes that could be better served by a high speed rail


Oh I don't argue that. I would just like to see THEM pay for it.


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