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  •  Maglev is very expensive (0+ / 0-)

    Shanghai is the only city I can think of that has a real Maglev train. Considering the cost and limited funding, I don't see why a Vegas to LA Maglev should come before HSR from LA to SF, Northeast corridor, or Midwest.

    •  No doubt. (0+ / 0-)

      But what did you pay for your first computer. What's the impact on the American economy of becoming a world leader in MagLev train technology? Achieving leadership in MagLev technology is not guaranteed to happen just because the government supports it, but it's guaranteed not to happen without government investment to create a large scale demonstration project.

      What more prominent demonstration could there be than one running largely along side the vehicle traffic on I-15, only going  5 - 6 times faster? Picture it. Everybody will want it all over the country and economies of scale will make the technology priced to sell in world markets, especially while the dollar remains weak. A dream, maybe, but things like this never happen without beginning with a dream.  

      "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus" Firesign Theatre 1971

      by LeftOfYou on Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 02:06:07 PM PST

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      •  Maglev is a failed technology (0+ / 0-)

        It's failed to get off the ground. The cost difference between traditional steel wheel HSR and maglev make maglev a non starter. Maglev's lower noise profile is wholly offset by its greater annoyance, similar to that of jet planes taking off from a runway.

        If you are looking at "shovel ready", California High Speed Rail has completed its EIR. I went to Nevada SST EIR hearings about four to five years ago and the EIR was never completed. Now, completing the EIR may be a good thing. But to say that it is "shovel ready" is ridiculous. "Shovel ready" means that design plans have been completed and the project can go out to bid, not that the EIR is incomplete.

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