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Magplanes are high speed vehicles that can be boarded at conveniently located magports which will enable passengers to commute short distances or travel 400 km and more.
A Magplane System consists of an elevated aluminum guideway (magway) through which independent magnetically levitated vehicles (Magplanes) respond to "Dynamic Scheduling" to and from conveniently located magports. "Dynamic Scheduling" enables Magplanes to be available to passengers using real time analysis of ticket purchases. No passenger will have to wait more than fifteen minutes and yet most trips will be non-stop.
A Magplane resembles a wingless airplane that floats 10 cm above an elevated "magway" trough. A Magplane ride will be smoother and more comfortable than a plane. Magplanes are sized to carry from 80 to 250 passengers and can be designed to carry priority freight. Priority freight traffic is anticipated to greatly increase with the expansion of e-commerce.
Magways are light structures that follow highways and arc gracefully around and over interchanges. Magports can be located at malls, downtown centers, office and industrial parks, airports and vacation sites. In other words, where people live, work, shop and play.
The elevated magway can be built above or adjacent to existing highways and therefore the environmental impact is minimal. Magplanes carry no fuel, emit no fumes or noise, and the individual vehicles need only one tenth the wayside power necessary for the acceleration of conventional high speed electric trains.
A large size intercity Magplane can carry 175 passengers and attains its cruising speed in 1.5 km. At a head way of 60 seconds this permits a capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour each way, and with three coupled vehicles, capacity on high-density routes can be up to three times higher. This can be compared to a light rail system with about 10,000 passengers per hour, and highway lanes of about 3,000 passengers per hour.
A Magplane System can reduce the need for more highways. Personal mobility may no longer be constrained by greater travel demands aggravating gridlocked highways, airports and airways, and adding to air and noise pollution.