Maglev Technology is short for "magnetic levitation"
and is a completely new mode of transportation to most Americans.
While trains in America run on wheels and tracks and seldom
sustain speeds of 80 miles per hour or more, a Maglev train
is operated by non-contact electromagnetic systems that actually
lift, guide and propel the vehicle forward at speeds up to
300 miles per hour. read
Comparison of Maglev (left) and traditional railroad.
Comparison of railroad
system operation (left) and Maglev system.
on image above for an enlarged view.
The German Transrapid Superspeed Magnetic Levitation System
(Maglev) technology has been selected for deployment in the
Baltimore-Washington Maglev Project and Eastern Seaboard Corridor.
The TR 08 vehicle at the Emsland, Germany test facility.
Click on image above for an enlarged
This system provides the most viable high-speed transportation
system that will best serve the cities of Baltimore and Washington
in the near term, and allows expansion to connect major population
centers to the north and the south along the Atlantic coast
with demonstrated reliability, safety and programmatic compliance. read