Shanghai Maglev Extension Suspended

26 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Shanghai Maglev Extension Suspended</h1><p>May 26, 2007 (LPAC)- <em>People's Daily</em> reports today that the scheduled extension of the Shanghai-Pudong Airport maglev has been suspended, pending further review by the regional government. This is the world's first commercially-operational magnetic levitated rail line. Operating flawlessly for over three years, it has shown that fast, efficient maglev can become the center of land transportation worldwide. It covers the 30 km (18.64 mile) distance from Shanghai to Pudong International Airport in 7 minutes, 20 seconds. In Mid-March, China's National Development and Reform Commission decided to extend the route through its Shanghai terminus at Loyang, to Hangqiao Airport, by the time of Shanghai's Expo 2010. This was to be part of an eventual extension to the city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, over a total length of 170 km (106 miles).</p><p>Reasons given for the suspension are the pseudo-issue of "radiation from the tracks," and the real expense of relocating residents of one of the world's most densely-populated cities, to make way for the expansion of the railway and its right-of-way.</p></div></body>