Maglev Utilization of Interstate Highway and Railroad Rights-of-Way

by Steven G. Carlton, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,
Thomas Andriola, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Government officials and transportation industry experts have proposed that existing highway and railroad rights-of-way could be utilized effectively to host maglev guideway route alignments. This assertion is examined with respect to proposed passenger comfort limits using the New York State Thruway and railroad between New York City and Syracuse as a representative corridor. Effects of guideway geometry, comfort constraints, and vehicle acceleration on travel times and land use requirements are examined.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Magnetic levitation trains | Rail transportation | Land use | Travel time | Rapid transit systems | Government | Industries | New York | United States | New York City

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