The New Urban Transportation Requirement

Commuters worldwide resist traveling over an hour to work or to a business meeting. No existing conventional transportation system technology can significantly reduce the commuting time for people working and interacting in megalopolitan clusters, whether in the US Northeast Corridor, Southern California, or even Paris-London.

The commuting range of the automobile is limited to about 30 to 100 km, depending on traffic conditions. Air transport, even popular and cost effective regional commuters, is still costly and vulnerable to airport delays and ground access problems. High Speed Rail suffers from high operating costs, is prone to station access limitations, and is capacity constrained. Therefore none of these transportation modes are able to transform a Boston - New York intercity trip into an equivalent intracity commuting trip as defined by cost (less than a cab ride), time (door to door in less than 60 minutes), capacity (subway), and a high degree of convenience.

An alternative transportation system is required in the New Economy, one that is faster and longer reaching than a car, subway or other public transit, and more convenient, affordable, reliable, and accessible than an airplane. In short, a new transportation system is needed for the new emerging transportation market of the 21st Century.

The Magplane Solutions:

The Magplane system is best able to provide intercity commuting ranges at intracity commuting times, fares, capacity levels and convenience. Magplane offers off-line stations, elevated lightweight guideways, superior speed, capacity, safety, reliability and maintainability, in an environmentally sustainable manner. Magplane elevated guideways and off-line stations can more readily be superimposed onto existing urban and regional communities than any other high speed transport means.

The Magplane system has been conceived to meet the transportation needs of the new information age. A Magplane system, operating at speeds of 400 km/h and with a station access and egress time of 45 minutes, could cover about 320 km in one and a half hours. Therefore, the prime market for Magplane service is one that current transportation systems cannot serve: commuting distances greater than 60 to 120 km depending on traffic conditions, but less than 320 km. In this process, the benefits for our metropolitan populations and our existing transportation systems can be enormous.