The Pittsburgh MAGLEV Project

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by Richard A. Uher, Carnegie Mellon Research Inst, Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's

Abstract: A passenger transportation crisis exists in the United States which experts predict will only worsen, wasting billions of U.S. dollars. Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) is a promising new transportation technology through which high speed surface (HSS) systems can link the highway and air modes of transportation as well as provide access to the regional and urban sprawl. On May 1, 1989, Carnegie Mellon University established the MAGLEV Working Group which provided funding to complete a preliminary feasibility study. The study concluded that HSS, using the transrapid MAGLEV technology developed in West Germany, made a great deal of sense for a regional system in Pittsburg, PA. A demonstration development and design is now being conducted which has private, public, and organized labor monies invested. Operation of the demonstration could begin by 1997.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Hollow sections | Feasibility studies | Magnetic fields | Rapid transit systems | Highways and roads | Passengers | North America | United States | Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh

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