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  • Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run

    06/05/2013 9:27:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2013 | Nicola Rowe
    <p>The trains use magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels ...</p> <p>Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.</p> <p>The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds ...</p>
  • XCOR Completes Lynx Supersonic Wind Tunnel Tests at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

    09/20/2010 5:28:57 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies
    xcor ^ | 09/20/10
    September 20, 2010, Mojave, CA and Huntsville, AL: XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced today they have completed the primary supersonic wind tunnel testing of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft. The tests were performed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) using a precision scale model and demonstrated the integrity of the Lynx aerodynamic shape and provided data to make final refinements to the vehicle. These new data provide confidence that the Lynx aerodynamic shape will have stable and controllable flight throughout the range of Mach numbers and angles of attack needed for the Lynx mission.
  • Maglev vs high-speed rail: Should we change trains?

    09/03/2010 6:05:14 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Building.co.uk ^ | Friday, September 3, 2010 | Thomas Lane
    The billions we will spend on HS2 will get us from London to Birmingham 28 minutes faster than the present system does. After Birmingham, the trains will travel on old linesChina has the longest commercial maglev train service in the world. Japan holds the speed record (361mph). Germany has the best technology. And Britain … well, as usual, we’re just the ones who invented the thing. Readers of a certain age may recall Eric Laithwaite’s Christmas lectures to the Royal Institution in which he demonstrated how a linear induction motor (which he invented in the forties) could supply both lift...
  • Korea starts to build maglev train rail

    08/03/2010 1:45:51 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 13+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | Cho Chung-un
    South Korea started to build a rail and other facilities for the countryÂ’s first magnetic levitation trains on Yeongjong Island, some 30 kilometers west of Seoul, on Tuesday. The construction is a major part of the governmentÂ’s plan to commercialize environment-friendly transport services, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. The country plans to operate unmanned maglev trains that link Incheon International Airport and Yongyoo Station where travelers can take express trains heading to Seoul. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport to construct a 6.1 kilometer rail at the nationÂ’s major airfield to test maglev...
  • Wind, Trains Power Siemens' Future in the U.S.

    06/24/2010 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies
    Industry Week ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jonathan Katz
    Public and private partnerships could be the wind that pushes the company forward in the race for high-speed rail and alternative energy in the United States.German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is betting that the United States will become a prime market for high-speed rail and renewable energy as the nation tries to lessen its dependence on fossil fuels. Part of the company's success in these areas will depend on what happens in Washington. But government support alone won't fuel future growth in high-speed rail, says Daryl Dulaney, CEO of Siemens Industry Inc. "To make high-speed rail happen, it needs a...
  • Pittsburgh-to-Greensburg Maglev plans up for public review

    06/12/2010 7:09:32 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 319+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Friday, June 11, 2010 | Matthew Santoni
    Officials are opening for public review the plans for a magnetic-levitation train from Pittsburgh to Greensburg, marking another tiny step forward for the decade-long project. The final environmental impact statement for the proposed $5.3 billion, 54-mile Pittsburgh Maglev project was posted for public review and comment Thursday at the Port Authority of Allegheny County's office and at www.portauthority.org. The authority is managing public funding for McKeesport-based Maglev Inc. but has no role in planning or building the train. Maglev Inc. President Fred Gurney said he was waiting for federal officials' go-ahead before taking the environmental study to the public, and...
  • Chattanooga, Atlanta MagLev High Speed Rail Project Attracts Obama Administration Attention

    06/05/2010 12:27:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 81 replies · 755+ views
    WDEF ^ | June 4, 2010 | Joe Legge
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants to jump start Mag-Lev development in this country, and says and Atlanta to Chattanooga link makes sense. LaHood tested a high speed rail system in Japan last month. He compares the Obama administration's push for high-speed rail to the creation of the the Interstate system. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield say "I was amazed and surprised and very very pleased that he came out and talked about Atlanta, Chattanooga because I've always felt, even looking at it nationally that there is no project that holds more promise than this project." The statement comes with a cost....
  • US transport chief rides 300-mph Japanese maglev train as Tokyo pitches hi-speed rail system

    05/11/2010 5:39:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 30 replies · 492+ views
    Canadian Business ^ | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Jay Alabaster
    TSURU, Japan (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a ride Tuesday on the fastest passenger train in the world, a Japanese maglev, as part of Tokyo's sales pitch for billions of dollars in high-speed train contracts from the U.S. Washington is attempting to drive development of a new train network that will eventually span the country, but the U.S. has almost no domestic experience or technology. Japan, with one of the most advanced train systems in the world, is an eager seller, though it has had scant success with exports so far. LaHood, who in the past few...
  • South Korean Magnetic levitation train to debut

    05/04/2010 10:51:02 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 435+ views
    Korea Times ^ | Monday, May 03, 2010 | Lee Hyo-sik
    Korea will operate unmanned magnetic levitation trains in Incheon International Airport from 2013, becoming the latest country after Japan to commercialize the next generation transportation system. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Monday that it will finish constructing a 6.1 kilometer railway by 2012 within the country's main airport and begin running unmanned magnetic levitation trains that will travel at 110 kilometers per hour. The ministry also unveiled a prototype of the train. As one of Korea's state-funded research and development (R&D) projects, the government decided in 2006 to invest 450 billion won ($400 million) into developing...
  • Sengoku, Maehara Pitch Nuclear, Rail Projects In Vietnam Talks

    05/03/2010 9:07:21 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 150+ views
    Nikkei ^ | Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    HANOI (Nikkei)--National Policy Minister Yoshito Sengoku and Transport Minister Seiji Maehara met with Vietnamese officials here to promote Japanese infrastructure projects, such as the construction of nuclear power plants and high-speed rail systems. Maehara, left, and Sengoku urged Vietnam to tap Japanese technologies for its nuclear and rail projects. Talking with Vietnamese Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung, Maehara expressed Japan's willingness to extend yen loans. "We'll discuss within the government how much in yen loans we can use," Maehara told Dung while also pointing out that Vietnam may need to be flexible in its plans, such as delaying the rail...
  • Pittsburgh's maglev competitors seem to have higher hurdles

    04/19/2010 12:22:37 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 322+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | April 19, 2010 | Matthew Santoni
    Pittsburgh's plan for a $5.25 billion maglev train is further along than similar projects competing for federal money, because obstacles are holding back the others. Since 1999, the government slowly has advanced four proposals for high-speed trains that hover centimeters above magnetic tracks, and all encountered major hurdles: The Las Vegas-to-southern California maglev lost congressional support and a major funding source; Maryland law prohibits the Baltimore-to-Washington project from getting any more state money; and the Atlanta-to-Chattanooga line must cobble together local funding and still could become a traditional passenger rail. After 10 years and almost $23 million, Pittsburgh's maglev faces...
  • Parker heads to D.C. to talk up NASA, light rail

    03/16/2010 9:00:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 343+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 16, 2010 | BRADLEY OLSON
    Mayor Annise Parker will begin a whirlwind tour of Washington today in which she will try to persuade a skeptical Obama administration not to shelve the Constellation space program, as well as shore up relationships between the city and federal transportation officials. Parker is scheduled to meet with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and members of the local congressional delegation in a two-day blitz. Shortly after she was elected, the administration had invited her to “open dialogue” on certain key issues in Washington, and today's...
  • All-aboard for Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project

    03/15/2010 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 412+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | March 15, 2010
    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...
  • Atlanta Maglev firm offers to link commuter, high-speed rail

    03/09/2010 3:11:39 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 146+ views
    ORLANDO SENTINEL ^ | March 08, 2010 | Dan Tracy
    A metro Atlanta company that's struggled in the past is offering to raise and spend $223 million to build a magnetically levitated train that would link two other mass transit systems headed to Central Florida. American Maglev Technology approached state and local officials about two weeks ago with a plan to use its product to connect the SunRail commuter train – which would run from DeLand in Volusia County through downtown Orlando to Poinciana in Osceola County – with the high-speed train that would go from Orlando International Airport to near downtown Tampa. ~~~SNIP~~~ Morris is proposing a train that...
  • Dyson calls for a return to technical innovation and manufacturing

    03/09/2010 2:52:49 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 74+ views
    The Economic Voice ^ | March 9th, 2010 | Jeff Taylor
    Sir James Dyson, in a report commissioned by the Conservative Party, has recommended a vast overhaul of the UK manufacturing and technology businesses. Sir James is most widely recognised for his vacuum cleaner, but is an accomplished inventor in other areas and has a string of other innovative projects to his name, like the ‘bladeless fan’ or ‘Air Multiplier’. Sir James DysonIn his report ‘Ingenious Britain’ Dyson is calling for more emphasis to be placed on science and technology in schools. He claims that the current atmosphere around health and safety is preventing schoolchildren undertaking experiment and that this should...
  • High-Speed Rail, Getting Americans Back On Track

    03/05/2010 6:16:04 AM PST · by Willie Green · 83 replies · 993+ views
    North American Press Syndicate ^ | 3/5/10 | North American Press Syndicate
    (NAPSI)-Many believe that transforming this nation's transportation network can put the country on track for new jobs, a healthier economy and more mobility.The Interstate Highway System began more than 50 years ago. And just as that vision led to a system of highways that was the envy of the world and an economic engine for America, the nation may soon embark on an ambitious plan that will lead to a network of high-speed rail corridors.Investing in environmentally friendly and energy-efficient high-speed rail projects will:• Support and create highly skilled jobs in the transportation industry and revitalize domestic industries supplying transportation...
  • Joint effort on track to take shinkansen system to U.S.

    02/22/2010 1:56:38 PM PST · by Willie Green · 70 replies · 983+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 | ERIC JOHNSTON
    When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, one thing he pitched was a "Green New Deal" that would reduce fossil fuel use, and high-speed passenger trains like those in Japan and Europe were part of his sweeping plan. If there is one thing virtually all Americans whose only form of transport at home has been automobiles appreciate when they come to Japan, it's the bullet trains — a marvel worthy of emulation in the United States. The U.S. East and West Coasts, the Midwest and Florida have all expressed interest in introducing, or in the case of the East, upgrading,...
  • JR Central Chairman Aims to Bring Shinkansen to U.S.

    02/16/2010 8:49:22 AM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2010 | MARIKO SANCHANTA and YOSHIO TAKAHASHI
    TOKYO—The chairman of Central Japan Railway Co. said the company is aiming to work with U.S. companies such as General Electric Co., as part of an aggressive bid to see its platypus-billed shinkansen whiz its way through the state of Florida. At the same time that the company is aggressively ramping up to do business in the U.S., Yoshiyuki Kasai, the 69-year-old head of JR Central, said in an interview Monday that he will never try to sell his world-leading product in China—a strategy at odds with many Japanese companies focusing increasingly on their rapidly growing neighbor. "It's not possible...
  • Backers of maglev train say Chinese bank prepared to fund project

    02/03/2010 5:36:21 AM PST · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 479+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 | Richard N. Velotta
    The proponents of a maglev train line between Las Vegas and Southern California say a Chinese government-controlled bank has agreed to loan up to $7 billion to help build the high-speed transportation system. But the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission still has several hurdles to clear before it could move ahead with plans to develop the project between Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif. The commission late Monday announced that the Export-Import Bank of China, which has 14 domestic offices and three overseas offices, said it would provide a direct loan that would require the backing of the U.S. government as...
  • Florida Likely to Win High-Speed Rail Grant

    01/25/2010 2:28:07 PM PST · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 467+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 25, 2010 | JOSH MITCHELL
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is set to award $8 billion in stimulus funds for high-speed rail, and Florida is seen as a front-runner to get some of the money first. The program, funded by the economic-recovery package enacted last year, will be part of the administration's focus on jobs creation in coming weeks, and could be a boon for states and construction companies tied to high-speed rail. But while awards may go out as early as this week, it could be months before construction starts on some projects. The Transportation Department has spent the winter reviewing more than 250 applications for...
  • U.S. airlines increase traveller baggage fees

    01/25/2010 12:36:20 PM PST · by Willie Green · 45 replies · 1,077+ views
    Bermuda Sun ^ | 1/22/2010 | Don Burgess
    Air travellers will have to pay higher baggage fees from February 1. A string of U.S. airlines have hiked charges on luggage - and the move will earn them $1.8 billion this year, according to airline consultancy firm IdeaWorks. The U.S.'s nine major airlines lost more than $3 billion last year. Fees on baggage and other items are increasing because airlines do not want to raise fare prices while traveller demand is already low due to the recession. American Airlines was the last major U.S. airline to resist increasing baggage fees but they announced a rise on Monday. Kim Every,...
  • Is High-Speed Rail on the Horizon?

    01/25/2010 10:29:00 AM PST · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 566+ views
    IndustryWeek ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | Jonathan Katz
    Increased funding could present opportunities for manufacturing, but viability questions remain.Part of President Obama's plan to revitalize U.S. manufacturing includes funds to develop a high-speed rail network. When Obama issued his "framework for revitalizing American manufacturing" in December, he said he would propose an additional $1 billion per year on top of $8 billion Congress already committed to develop high-speed rail. On Dec. 4, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said more than 30 rail manufacturers and suppliers, both domestic and foreign, had committed to establish or expand their operations base in the United States if they're chosen by states to...
  • JR Tokai targets Florida bullet train deal

    01/25/2010 8:53:31 AM PST · by Willie Green · 22 replies · 714+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 25, 2010 | Nobuhiro Kubo
    TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) will join rivals in competing to develop a high-speed railway line in the U.S. state of Florida, as the former state-owned firm looks to sell its super-fast train systems overseas. A consulting firm hired by the company said a railway line connecting Tampa, Orlando and Miami in Florida was one of the most promising targets for its Shinkansen bullet trains as the route would be exclusively used by high-speed trains. "I expect competition for the contract to be fierce in Florida. We will be the last to join the...
  • Suburbs to get Maglev railway

    01/07/2010 7:00:22 PM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 493+ views
    Global Times ^ | January 08 2010 | Li Yang
    The second magnetically levitated, Maglev, railway to come into commercial operation in China will be built in Beijing. The suburban railway line 1 (S1 Line) will be built using the medium- and-low-speed magnetic levitation technique, according to the Mentougou District People's Congress Wednesday. The S1 Line will be around 27 kilometers long, and run from Wulu near the Fourth West Ring Road to Shimenying, Mentougou district. Yang Xiuren, the general engineer of the Beijing Urban Engineering Design and Research Institute, said the S1 Line would open in 2015 and would reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour. The...
  • Officials wait for maglev funding

    01/06/2010 9:01:13 AM PST · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 376+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 | Kelly Jackson
    The Georgia Department of Transportation hasn't yet received matching funds needed soon to secure federal money for development of a high-speed rail system between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Erik Steavens, intermodal division director for GDOT, said he's "hoping to get back with folks at the first of the year to see where we are." The Federal Railroad Administration awarded $13.8 million in federal funds for the maglev train project in September. Maglev technology uses magnets to propel trains up to 300 mph. The money will go toward finishing environmental studies for the project and requires about $3.5 million in matching funds...
  • Osaka governor unveils plan to scrap Itami airport in '35

    11/20/2009 6:26:24 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 353+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 | ???
    OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka Prefectural Government has come up with a plan that calls for scrapping Osaka airport at Itami in 2035 when maglev trains are scheduled to start running between Tokyo and Osaka, officials said Thursday. The blueprint proposes using the site to build an international academic town for intensive English-language study with a population of 20,000. The plan also envisages selling the airport site and using the proceeds to build a new maglev line linking downtown Osaka with Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay. The prefecture expects the plan to accelerate the flow of travelers to Kansai airport...
  • Maglev transit project pushed, could create jobs

    11/07/2009 5:04:33 AM PST · by Willie Green · 36 replies · 869+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, November 7, 2009 | Matthew Santoni
    Supporters of a proposed maglev train from Pittsburgh International Airport to Greensburg wooed state representatives Friday with promises the project could create thousands of jobs in high-tech manufacturing, if the government could pay the $5.3 billion price tag. Building the 54-mile magnetic guideway between the airport, Downtown, Monroeville and Greensburg would create demand for an estimated 533,000 tons of steel and 712,000 cubic yards of concrete, and the precision-welding technology that would be used to turn the steel into the track could then be exported around the world, proponents told members of the state House Transportation Committee during a hearing...
  • New Orleans GOPer Still Sore at Jindal For Saying No to High-Speed Rail

    10/15/2009 10:14:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 9 replies · 557+ views
    Streetsblog ^ | October 14, 2009 | Elana Schor
    Louisiana Republican Rep. Anh Cao (R) recently appeared with local Democrats at a press conference urging Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) to reconsider his refusal to support a high-speed rail link between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But it seems that Cao hasn't given up on prodding his fellow Republican. "I was thoroughly disappointed when my state failed to file a" final high-speed rail application by the Oct. 2 deadline, Cao said today at a hearing of the House transportation committee's railroads panel. Cao called the proposed rail link a potentially "huge economic boost to the region," adding: "We worked very...
  • SkyTran could bring futuristic transit to Valley

    10/14/2009 3:04:48 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies · 1,124+ views
    State Press ^ | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Katie Shoultz
    Traffic, congestion and related pollution in large cities could be problems of the past with the implementation of a futuristic, personal rapid transit system called SkyTran, according to the system’s designers.Unimodal Inc., the project’s overarching company, originally looked at ASU’s Polytechnic campus as a possible site for the first track, said Jon Fink, director of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. The plan fell through because the details weren’t sorted out fast enough to meet the pending deadline for a federal grant Unimodal intended to apply for. “This summer, when stimulus fund grants became available from the U.S. Department of Transportation,...
  • Pennsylvania Applies for $3.1 Billion for High-Speed Rail Projects

    10/05/2009 1:00:42 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 564+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | Mon, 05 Oct 2009 | Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania recently submitted applications to the federal government for $3.1 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to make high-speed rail improvements, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today. "The applications we've submitted prove that Pennsylvania stands ready to address transportation challenges with forward thinking and community support," Governor Rendell said. "Pennsylvanians want efficient transportation that reduces congestion and is better for the environment; high-speed rail is what we need to meet these demands." The $8 billion initiative in the Recovery Act is part of President Obama's proposal to invest in efficient, high-speed passenger...
  • Maglev is the right choice for rail line

    09/30/2009 6:51:57 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 67 replies · 1,595+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 | Leonard Diyco, Henderson
    I have been reading about a fast-rail system from Anaheim, Calif., to Las Vegas for several decades, and I am convinced that this will not come about in my lifetime. It would be Third World mentality for the most technologically advanced country in the world to use 1960s bullet-train technology, as would be the case with the DesertXpress. And anyone who states that maglev is untried in this country without explaining why it works in another country (China) sounds uninformed. Twenty million miles logged by the Shanghai maglev seem like a good testament to the maglev system’s feasibility. As one...
  • Maglev Washing Machine Cuts Water Usage

    09/29/2009 3:29:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 26 replies · 1,136+ views
    DesignCrave ^ | 2009-09-28 | Chris Weiss
    The Maglev Washing Machine designed by Jakub Lekes completely redesigns the household standard of clothing cleaning by using construction similar to that of a Maglev train. Rather than your traditional spinning drum, the Maglev machine uses a spherical drum held in place by a series of electromagnets. One set of electromagnets keeps the drum levitating within the body of the machine, while a second set induces movement, allowing the drum to spin in all directions. Since the drum never actually contacts the body, there is far less noise than the average machine that can often sound like an 18-wheeler running...
  • Pittsburgh to Philly Maglev to Receive $28 million in Federal Funding

    09/11/2009 8:10:54 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 38 replies · 1,280+ views
    U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey and Congressmen Bill Shuster and Mike Doyle today announced that the Pennsylvania High-Speed Maglev Project will receive $28 million in federal funding. The funding is in the form of a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration SAFETEA-LU Maglev Program. “This $28 million award is the most significant development in the 29 years we’ve been working on Maglev,” Senator Specter said. “The vision is to have a 250 mile-an-hour train traveling from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia with intermediate stops. Such a train would be a tremendous economic boon with thousands of new jobs in the...
  • Maglev hopes to attract $2.3 billion to help design, build train system

    07/26/2009 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 46 replies · 1,023+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 26, 2009 | Matthew Santoni
    After quietly toiling for nearly five years on an environmental study, the designers of a proposed high-tech, magnetically levitating train from Pittsburgh International Airport to Downtown, Monroeville and Greensburg are seeking more than a quarter of the federal stimulus money dedicated to high-speed rail across the country. Last week, the Pennsylvania High-Speed Maglev Project and PennDOT submitted a preliminary application for $2.3 billion to help design and build the train system, starting with the segment between the airport and Downtown. The final draft of the project's Environmental Impact Statement could be released to the public by late September or early...
  • Maglev comes to Pittsburgh... finally

    06/26/2009 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 46 replies · 1,067+ views
    Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner ^ | June 23, 2009 | Josh Geldrich
    Debated for years, finally hereFor those of us Pittsburghers with a half decent memory, the word “Maglev” can stir recollections of politically inspired empty promises and immensely fast bullet trains stoppable only by government funding quagmires fueled by a conservative citizenry understanding that mass transit, while sustainable, does not hold mass appeal.With President Obama now in the Whitehouse, it looks as though Pittsburgh will finally receive its own high-speed rail connector.  The Pittsburgh connecter represents one of two points in the Keystone Corridor, which is one of eleven transportation corridors identified by the congressional Transportation and Infrastructure committee as being...
  • Harry Reid Abandons His High-Speed Rail Plans

    06/15/2009 11:25:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies · 1,252+ views
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2009 | Mark Hemingway
    I have a story up on the homepage today about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's sudden about face on one of his pet projects — a high speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I strongly encourage you to read the full story but, in a nutshell, Reid has been championing a 300 mph, magnetic levitation train between the two cities for years. In June of 2008, Reid got a $45 million earmark for the project. And then during closed-door, last-minute "stimulus" bill negotiations, Reid succeeded in quadrupling the amount of money allocated in the bill for high...
  • Harry Reid Euthanizes Pet Project

    06/12/2009 3:34:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 7 replies · 627+ views
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2009 | Mark Hemingway
    The Senate majority leader’s about-face on high-speed rail. On Tuesday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s office confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the Nevada senator no longer favors publicly funding a high-speed magnetic-levitation (“maglev”) train between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a project he enthusiastically supported for years. Instead, Reid is suddenly throwing his support behind the DesertXpress, a privately funded rail venture between the two cities. Reid is claiming that his change of heart is merely pragmatic — but the underlying circumstances of the move may raise some pertinent questions about his political integrity. The construction of a...
  • Reid's Gambling Train

    02/12/2009 5:10:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 525+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 12 February 2009 | Philip Klein
    AP reports: In late-stage talks, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines, quadrupling the amount in the bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate Conservatives Fund has more details: This of course exposes the little game the President is playing with the public. He tells everyone there are no earmarks in the bill but then turns around and either (a) gives the money to the states, which he knows will fund the earmarks, or (b) instructs his agencies to fund the earmarks directly. It's all very clever, if...
  • NV: Governor (Gibbons) praises meeting with Obama (will work w/aRnie to build Mag-Lev from LV to LA)

    12/02/2008 7:22:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 682+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/08 | AP
    Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons said President-elect Barack Obama's meeting Tuesday with many of the nation's governors was "productive and helpful," and he was encouraged by Obama's promise to push an economic stimulus package. --snip-- Gibbons also said that while in Philadelphia for the meeting with Obama he got an agreement from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to work on a joint effort with both states' congressional delegations to push construction of a high-speed, mag-lev train between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
  • Levitating train from L.A. to Las Vegas gets boost

    06/08/2008 7:09:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies · 131+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans for a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland can move forward under a transportation bill signed by President Bush on Friday that frees up $45 million for the futuristic project. Derided by critics as pie in the sky, the train would use magnetic levitation technology to carry passengers from Disneyland to Las Vegas in well under two hours, traveling at speeds of up to 300 mph. It would be the first MagLev system in the U.S. The money is the largest cash infusion in the project's nearly 20-year history. It will pay for environmental studies...
  • Levitating train from L.A. to Las Vegas gets boost

    06/06/2008 6:49:16 PM PDT · by Hildy · 51 replies · 82+ views
    AP via Breibart ^ | June 6, 2008
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Plans for a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland can move forward under a transportation bill signed by President Bush on Friday that frees up $45 million for the futuristic project. Derided by critics as pie in the sky, the train would use magnetic levitation technology to carry passengers from Disneyland to Las Vegas in well under two hours, traveling at speeds of up to 300 mph. It would be the first MagLev system in the U.S. The money is the largest cash infusion in the project's nearly 20-year history. It will pay for environmental studies...
  • Magnetic Levitation Gives Computer Users Sense Of Touch

    03/05/2008 6:05:05 PM PST · by saganite · 10 replies · 336+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Mar. 5, 2008 | staff
    Computers, long used as tools to design and manipulate three-dimensional objects, may soon provide people with a way to sense the texture of those objects or feel how they fit together, thanks to a haptic, or touch-based, interface developed at Carnegie Mellon University. Unlike most other haptic interfaces that rely on motors and mechanical linkages to provide some sense of touch or force feedback, the device developed by Ralph Hollis, research professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, uses magnetic levitation and a single moving part to give users a highly realistic experience. Users can perceive textures, feel hard contacts and...
  • High-Speed Solutions: The idea of passenger rail travel to major Texas cities picks up speed.

    03/05/2008 1:47:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 465+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | March 5, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Driving down to Austin lately has become a real trip. I-35 is usually packed for most of the 185 miles, and what used to take three or four hours now can take five or six. Flying down can take almost as long, when you figure in airline security delays, more flight delays, and the time it takes getting into and out of crowded airports. But what if it took 45 minutes to travel from the Metroplex to Austin by train or an hour to make a trip to Houston? Advocates of high-speed rail lines are floating these ideas once again...
  • LA Approves $26B High-Speed Train System Plan

    02/03/2008 5:26:31 PM PST · by americanophile · 38 replies · 176+ views
    KNBC News ^ | 1/31/08 | KNBC
    LOS ANGELES -- A plan to accelerate transportation in the region with a $26 billion high-speed train system has received initial approval from the Los Angeles City Council as it created a joint-powers agreement with neighboring cities. The move Wednesday marked the first step in negotiations to solidify an Atlanta-based firm's proposal to construct a magnetic-levitation train system that would start at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, run through downtown and eventually reach Ontario Airport, the Daily News reported. Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith said American Maglev Technology would foot the bill for the system and...
  • Germany to build maglev railway (- Way to go!!)

    09/26/2007 2:06:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 22 replies · 329+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 09/25/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service. The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track.
  • Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies Launched (vision of 1GW machines generating at < $0.01 per kWh)

    07/27/2007 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 99 replies · 7,900+ views
    Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies (MWTT), a developer and manufacturer of magnetically levitated commercial wind turbines, has officially begun operations. According to the Sierra Vista, Ariz.-headquartered company, with the use of magnetic levitation turbine technology, the wind turbine floats on a magnetic cushion and incorporates a linear synchronous motor. MWTT says that because the lack of friction allows for increased wind capture, users can generate electricity for less than $0.01 per kWh. The company is headed by Ed Mazur, a researcher of variable renewable energy sources since 1981 and inventor of the magnetic levitation wind turbine. For more information on the...
  • 700-mile high-speed rail plan zipping along

    04/11/2007 3:54:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies · 591+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Despite declining support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a questionable financial future, plans for a high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco are continuing. Area residents may have their say on issues they would like to see studied in the environmental impact report for the rail line between Los Angeles and Palmdale during a public scoping meeting on the project Thursday. Twin meetings will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Palmdale City Council Chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, in the Palmdale Civic Center. Studies on the Los Angeles-to-Palmdale...
  • The 'new age' of super materials

    03/05/2007 2:50:20 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 13 replies · 935+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 5, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    Levitation becomes possible using superconducting materials In 1987 Ronald Reagan declared that the US was about to enter an incredible new era of technology.Levitating high-speed trains, super-efficient energy generators and ultra-powerful supercomputers would become commonplace thanks to a new breed of materials known as high temperature superconductors (HTSC). "The breakthroughs in superconductivity bring us to the threshold of a new age," said Reagan. "It's our task to herald in that new age with a rush." But 20 years on, the new world does not seem to have arrived. So, what happened? Early promise Superconductivity was first discovered in 1911...
  • Governor [CA] tries to halt vote on high-speed rail

    01/20/2007 5:15:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, January 20, 2007. | LISA WAHLA HOWARD
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to scrap a statewide vote on a $10 billion bond measure for a planned high-speed rail system that would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. The vote is scheduled for 2008, but Schwarzenegger's ambitious plans to rebuild the state's infrastructure will basically max out its bonding capacity. "When we were putting together the governor's Strategic Growth Plan, it became clear that setting aside enough bonding authority for the high-speed rail project would crowd out the ability to issue bonds for every other purpose," said H.D. Palmer, a state Department of Finance spokesman. "While high-speed rail could...
  • At Least 25 Die In German Train Crash

    09/22/2006 4:34:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 760+ views
    CBS ^ | 09/22/06
    At Least 25 Die In German Train Crash LATHEN, Germany, Sept. 22, 2006 (AP) A high-tech train traveling at 125 mph crashed in northwestern Germany on Friday, killing at least 25 people in the first fatal wreck involving the magnetic levitation system. The train, which runs primarily as a demonstration by its manufacturer, was carrying at least 29 people when it struck a maintenance vehicle carrying two workers on the elevated track. Mangled wreckage hung from the 13-foot-high track, with seats and other debris strewn below. Police spokesman Martin Ratermann said the death toll rose to 25 after more searching...