Application of the Maglev System in Germany

by Michael H. Witt, Dornier GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


After the unification of Germany in 1991, the Federal Government decided to investigate Maglev links between the old and new Federal States to cope with the considerable increase of East-West traffic in the coming years until 2010. Alternative links including different routes between Bonn and Berlin were analyzed and evaluated under an overall economic point of view. The Hamburg Berlin line achieved the best results. The corresponding results in terms of alignment, operation planning, traffic forecasts, revenues, operating costs, investment costs, network capacity effects and economic evaluation are presented. Now it is to the industry to develop financing concepts to incorporate private capital into public infrastructure.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Benefit cost ratios | Economic factors | Traffic capacity | Federal government | Revenues | Investments | Infrastructure | Germany | Europe | Berlin

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