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Intercity Passenger Parametric Analysis: Overview: Maglev Analysis
  • Published Date:
    1990-04-02
  • Language:
    English
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    NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-RAIL TRANSPORTATION ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-High Speed Ground Transportation ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-Rail Economics and Finance
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  • Abstract:
    This document provides information intended to clarify consider­ation of some of the technically-based questions which arise in connection with intercity passenger transportation, and to provide insight into the characteristics and potential roles of the various modes available for this function at present and in the foreseeable future. The material presented is based upon simple analytical models applied to a wide range of parameter values; these findings can be helpful in identifying critical technical and economic questions and as a starting point for assessing potential system implementations. However, decisions concerning real intercity transportation initiatives or projects can properly be based only on detailed and rigorous examination of the specifics of construction and operating costs, potential demand, social and environmental impacts, and the overall transportation context of which the system is to be a part. The analysis described here is the first result of an ongoing activity at the Transportation Systems Center. This document addresses overall aspects of intercity passenger transportation and examines some of the characteristics which may be expected of magnetic levitation systems. In the future, it is planned that the analysis will be extended to conventional high speed rail systems and powered lift (tiltrotor) aircraft. Comments on this work and directions in which it might usefully be extended are welcome.

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