Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) System Integration with Other Urban and Inter-City Transportation Modes

by Carl M. Sara, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


Hypothetical intracity maglev routes are applied to 11 United States metropolitan areas to enhance intermodal passenger transfers at existing bus terminals, metro stops, rail stations, and airports. Intermodal freight transfers at ports, trucking centers, and rail freight locations are also accommodated in the study. Routes for maglev guideway city ingress, alignment between modal assets to which connections are made, and right-of-way for city egress are studied. Requirements for sharing existing rail and highway rights-of-way are quantified. Distances between stops, location of the route, and placement of the alignment relative to grade (below or above grade) are quantified. Tunneling and bridging requirements to satisfy intermodal service routes are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Magnetic fields | Magnetic levitation trains | Integrated systems | Urban areas | Interurban travel | Routing (transportation) | Railroad bridges | United States

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