Safety Hazards of Maglev Guideway and Route Integrity

by Steven G. Carlton, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,
Robert Whinnery, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper presents an assessment of safety hazards associated with high-speed transportation on the ground. Hazard sources and consequences are identified through establishment of system concept requirements, comparison of similar travel modes and categorization of hazards. Driving requirements include consideration of a non-seatbelted environment and 134 meter per second vehicle speeds. Obstruction, fouling, and guideway integrity hazards are discussed. This preliminary hazard assessment (PHA) forms the basis for continued safety assessments as current maglev system concepts evolve through the development life-cycle. The paper is based on work sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Subject Headings: Traffic safety | Guideways | Magnetic levitation trains | Public health and safety | Routing (transportation) | Transportation safety | Disasters and hazards | Vehicles

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