Skip to comments.All-aboard for Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project
Posted on 03/15/2010 6:16:42 AM PDT by Willie Green
The Ministry of Railways gave the go-ahead on March 13 for a high-speed magnetic levitation railway project, or maglev for short, which would traverse a distance of nearly 200 kilometers between Shanghai and Hangzhou, including a branch line already in existence in Shanghai. Detailed research on the project is underway, said Zheng Jian, chief designer of the Ministry of Railways. As of now, this is the only maglev railway line in China's medium and long-term railway development plan.
"As the extension of the maglev line connecting Pudong Airport with Shanghai's downtown area, the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line will promote the integration of Shanghai and Hangzhou and create a one-hour economic circle. After it is put into operation, the line will help tap idle assets and improve resource allocation between Shanghai and Hangzhou," said Sun Zhang, a professor from the Institute of Railway & Urban Rail Transit under Tongji University.
Currently, the 31-kilometer maglev railway line linking Shanghai's Pudong Airport and its downtown area is the only one of its kind in existence in the country.
After the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project is completed and put into operation, it will connect with the existing Pudong Airport maglev line to realize the seamless linking between the Shanghai South Railway Station, Hongqiao Airport, Pudong Airport and Hangzhou.
The Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed maglev line will allow trains to run at speeds of 400 kilometers per hour, while ordinary railways only allow a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour. Tongji University has already built a prototype high-speed maglev line.
"Maglev trains have a maximum speed of 500 kilometers per hour, nearly comparable to aircraft. These trains can help reduce energy consumption greatly, as they are specially designed for to run on battery power," said Sun.
The Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project mainly adopts technologies imported from Germany. Some of the related technologies are now being absorbed by China. So far, an ordinary maglev train model completely designed and manufactured by China has made its debut in Beijing and trial railways have been built in Changsha and Tangshan, with 30,000 kilometers of safe operation.
The Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project mainly adopts technologies imported from Germany. Some of the related technologies are now being absorbed by China
"All your technology are belong to us.
Resistance is futile..."
Meanwhile, in Manhatten ....
More “made in China” crap.
Now here’s a boondoggle train project I can support.
The Virginian Pilot reports that the cost of the Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach-Norfolk metropolitan area) Tide light rail line has now escalated to nearly $340 million. This is up nearly one-half from the estimates made when the project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration. According to federal documentation, the line will carry 7,100 daily passengers in 2030. This means that the capital cost alone will amount to an annual subsidy of approximately $6,500 per daily passenger (using Office of Management and Budget discount rates), plus an unknown additional operating subsidy. This is enough to lease every daily commuter a new Ford Taurus for the life of the project (assumes a new car every 5 years and includes future car price inflation).
The light rail line cannot be expected to do much for transportation. Even if the line reaches its projected ridership (many do not) by 2030, it will carry only 0.1% of the travel in the metropolitan area (one out of every 1,000 trips).
People. Union people. Unemployable engineer featherbedding, Concrete contractors payoffs.
The exercise isn’t about transporting people. It is about stealing by other means, i.e, taxes, to enrich political connected groups.
The more it costs, the better for those that it benefits.
Willie, isn't the Virginia short distance, high density population one of your 'better' rail lines?
Heck, I don't know.
The Hampton Roads Light Rail project that you seem to be referring to is a local mass transit system. Although I support such systems in general, there is no way that I can become sufficiently familiar with the details of each to say which one is "better" than others.
I will say though, that I would not trust any opinion written by Wendell Cox. Wendell gets paid by transit opponents to distort facts and figures in their favor.
Thanks for the link, I like him even more.