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FTA Low-Speed Urban Maglev Research Program: Lessons Learned: March 2009
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    Final report
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    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Rail Energy and Environment ; NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Rail Economics and Finance ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Rail Transit ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-High Speed Ground Transportation ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-Rail Energy and Environment ;
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    In 1999, the Federal Transit Administration initiated the Low-Speed Urban Magnetic Levitation (UML) Program to develop magnetic levitation technology that offers a cost effective, reliable, and environmentally sound transit option for urban mass transportation in the United States. Maglev is an innovative approach for transportation in which trains are supported by magnetic forces without any wheels contacting the rail surfaces. Maglev promises several attractive benefits including the ability to operate in challenging terrain with steep grades, tight turns, all weather operation, low maintenance, rapid acceleration, quiet operation, and superior ride quality, among others. This UML program is nearing completion and government program executives and managers desire a program review with an emphasis on lessons learned. The lessons learned in this report have been captured through a multi-faceted assessment of general project impressions, project execution, project conclusions and deliverables, project team performance, stakeholder participation, risk management, and project communications. The assessments are drawn from project documentation, discussions with the performing teams, and direct experience with the five UML projects[.]

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