Maglev: Transportation for the 21st Century

by G. Merrill Andrus, Managing Director; Res. Mag-Lev, P.O. Box 29, Pitman, NJ 08071-0029,
George T. Gillies, Res. Asst. Prof. of Engrg. Physics; Univ. of Virginia, Physics Dept., Charlottesville, VA 22901,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 4, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


If cities are to achieve their full potentials as economic and cultural centers, they must possess superior transportation systems. Ultra-silent, energy efficient, non-polluting magnetic levitation trains can furnish the passenger and freight transportation that the coming millennium will demand. Maglev floats railroad-like care on a magnetic field a few inches above and elevated guideway. The cars can move at any convenient speed up to 300 mph. Construction costs are within 10% of a conventional system, yet will expend only 60% of the energy and require as little as 15% of the maintenance of a wheel-on-rail system. Atlantic City has received a proposal to install a maglev system to ferry people from the outskirts of town to its casinos.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Economic factors | Energy efficiency | Pollution | Passengers | Freight transportation | Rail transportation | Magnetic fields

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