Time to implement the nine U.S. Maglev Projects

7 de junio de 2007

With the project to tunnel under the Bering Strait underway, and Maglev programs being promoted around the world, it is time to revive and push forward the stalled U.S. maglev projects.

Nine such projects, situated in strategic locations throughout the United States, have done studies-- of varying degrees of advancement-- and could be put on "go status" for further studies and final construction, had the United States the mission and will to do so.

Combined, the nine maglev projects would-- were they constructed-- cover 1,073 miles. However, the planners of these projects viewed many of them as stepping stones. For example, the proposed Baltimore to Washington DC maglev route, would cover 38 miles. However, the developers of the project saw the Baltimore-Washington maglev as a crucial demonstration line foundation, around which to then construct a 541 mile long Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston, Massachusetts "Northeast Corridor" route. Were the extension routes of all 9 maglev routes to be built as well, then the extended routes together would cover 2,956 miles.

The monetarist Bush-Cheney administration has blocked these projects. In 1998, under President Bill Clinton, the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration set up a Magnetic Levitation Demonstration Project (MLDP), funded on a preliminary scale by Congress. Under the MLDP program, nine maglev lines were studied, and their study plans were submitted to the MLDP, with the idea that two of the nine would be selected for further study. Then, from these, one project would be funded and built. In 2001, the Baltimore-Washington and the Pittsburgh projects were selected as the final two projects for consideration. Upon taking office, the Bush-Cheney crowd squeezed off the funding to a trickle.

But with the emerging global phase shift, typified by the Russian force behind the proposal to build the Bering Strait tunnel project, these U.S. maglev projects are targets for construction. Some could be ready for building, with clearances, in less than a year.

This would revolutionize overall technology in the United States; while producing tens of thousands of jobs. The nine projects, capable of leapfrogging America into the maglev geometry, are:

[blockquote]**Baltimore to Washington, DC Maglev. This would extend from downtown Baltimore, to the Baltimore-Washington International airport, and terminate at Washington DC's Union Station. Once the primary route were constructed, the extended route would run from Charlotte, North Carolina, through Baltimore and Washington, and other cities, and terminate in Boston. Primary route mileage: 40 miles; extended route mileage: 541 miles. For the initial primary route, the trip time would be only 18 minutes.

**California Maglev Project. This project would extend down the coastal backbone of California, traveling from San Diego to Los Angeles, and culminate at San Francisco, and/or Sacramento. Other maglev routes would plug into this main project. Total mileage: 641 miles.

**Greater Los Angeles Maglev, a regional network for greater Los Angeles to connect the major regional activity centers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Total mileage: 82 miles.

**California-Nevada Interstate Maglev, that would start in Las Vegas, extend westward through McCarran International Airport and Primm, Nevada, and continuing westward through California, would terminate at the Ontario International Airport, Ca. From there it would directly hook into the route of the Greater Los Angeles Maglev project. Total route mileage: 269 miles.

**Atlanta, GA - Chattanooga, TN Maglev. It would connect downtown Atlanta with the regional airport in Chattanooga. The primary route would then be extended, heading westward to Birmingham, Alabama, and heading eastward to Macon, Ga. Primary route mileage: 116 miles. Extended route mileage: 364 miles.

**Gulf Coast Maglev. This maglev would cover New Orleans, Louisiana, linking the city's airport to the downtown passenger terminal, and crossing over Lake Ponchartrain to connect with the growing North Shore suburbs. Had this maglev been in operation during the time of Hurricane Katrina in August-Sept 2005, many people could have been saved. The plan for the extended route would extend westward all the way to Houston, Texas, and eastward to Mobile, Alabama. Primary mileage: 4 miles. Extended route mileage: 472 miles.

**Pennsylvania Maglev. The maglev would start at Pittsburgh International Airport, and moving easterly, would run through Pittsburgh to Greensburg, Pa. The extended route calls for going westward to Cleveland, Oh, and eastward to Philadelphia, Pa. Primary route: 54 miles. Extended route mileage: 547 miles.

**Florida Cross State Maglev Project. This project would start in Tampa, Fl, and run across the state, through to Orlando, and end at Cape Canaveral. Total route mileage: 84 miles.