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Safe, reliable and cost-effective public transportation is one of the world's most pressing needs. Mass transportation by personal vehicles causes a host of problems such as increasing congestion, pollution, environmental degradation, high injury and fatality rates, and excessive reliance upon fossil fuels. In addition, the operational range of highway travel is becoming constrained by a lack of land to site new freeways and by significant environmental concerns, such as global warming.
Air transportation requires large, centralized hubs to operate profitably. North America's newest airports, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Denver International, each use over fifty square kilometers of land to house the requisite infrastructure. The movement of traffic to and from these central hubs also creates congestion problems. Increasingly, under these constraints, air travel has become unsuited for short-distance trips.
Rail transportation, including electric trains, is safe, clean, and inexpensive. However, speed and capacity are limited. Because of physical constraints, convenience to the traveler is relatively low. Building new rail corridors requires long, straight, rights-of-way which are no longer available in medium to densely populated areas. While rail technology can be adapted to permit speeds in excess of 250 km per hour, increased speeds require long, straight and level grades, and more distance between stations and between trains to accommodate acceleration and deceleration. Conventional and newer high speed rail systems cannot serve a decentralized population.
Magplane Technology Inc. has developed a system that has successfully integrated a number of disciplines that collectively result in a newer and better solution to high speed transportation. MTI's proprietary technology and wholly owned patents have enabled it to design a transportation system unlike any other. This system provides an economical and environmentally acceptable alternative to high speed trains, commuter planes, and also, to a large extent, automobiles and intercity buses. Magplane also provides a system so flexible and efficient that it can compete effectively with planes, trains and automobiles at certain distances and have a profound impact on stimulating and managing future growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Magplane is not a faster railroad, but a high-capacity means to provide continuous traffic flow along magways, installed either within existing highway right-of-ways, or through and to previously inaccessible locations. It can serve closely spaced magports located off-line at major malls or transportation centers many kilometers apart. It can interface with existing transportation systems or provide an entirely new transportation infrastructure. Magplane offers a realistic alternative to the automobile because it offers similar convenience without the limited range and capacity constraints, and as such is not just an alternative to rail and air travel.