Originally posted by zeeblebot
they're talking about building a high speed rail link from SF to LA.
Not too sure about that one. My 6 year old is a firm fan of Transrapid maglev, and I've yet to meet another person who can quote as many random stats as he does about what it does and where its deployed. Bless his heart he wants to build a link between Australia and Germany, so he can visit Berlin Central Station(Hauptbahnhof) in it. We will have a station that adjoins our back-yard.....
But seriously if you work out the volume of air traffic that flies under 700km, and you work out the airport congestion you will ease and the productivity the total travel time a maglev link running to the second will boost any economy using it will gain, then along with the lowered total environmental impact as far as noise and pulltion goes, it will have to be the way of the future.
Shanghai's maglev runs like clockwork. Its only 30 odd km long yes thats true, but its proving itself to be the technology of the future. We laughed at made in Japan. Now China is embracing technology and within the next 10 years will probably own the zero emissions auto industry. Maglev trains are a part of her future as well. In a hundred years the Nike sweatshops will be a forgotten memory, but the lead that dear old adaptive China is taking now will help put her so far forward of everyone else, we will be like Alice, on the outside, looking into Wonderland...just a thought...
btw I thought my son crazy for sugesting a maglev link from Australia to Germany, and without expressly telling him that, I set about patiently explaining to him how difficult the task would be and how improbable. Then googling along one day I had to bite my tongue when I came across this.
Someone's actually thought about something on this scale! New York - Paris in under an hour. The future is for kids!