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Carlos asked in Cars & TransportationRail · 2 weeks ago

When is America going to invest into MagLev Trains ?

And why CCP China is kicking and owning our a""es here .

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    24 hours ago

    Never.  Why is that not perfectly obvious to you.  China will not do it either and for the same reason.

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

    Never.  Country is too big, and mountainous & you just KNOW them buffalos  are going to figure out how to knock a train off the track.  We got planes & roads & boats & cars & ATV's & that does it all.  

    . We never needed Rickshaws here so we did not make them.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    Have you ever heard of the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome?

    It's a factor with every public construction project, whether it's a high-speed rail line, a housing project, or anything. People are all for building stuff, until it comes to their neighborhood. That's a big part of what has stalled the California High-Speed Rail plan.

    In China, the government doesn't have to worry about such things.

  • CB
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Considering China has less land mass than the USA and over 4 times the population I suspect it is more profitable to use train service as it can reach more people by a factor of 4.

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  • Bill
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    There is nothing wrong with using wheels.  

  • 2 weeks ago

    Until room temperature superconductors are cheap and widely available then it’s not going to happen in many countries at all. 

    Even with such superconductors, MagLev infrastructure costs immensely more per mile than conventional rail technologies. Even simple things like having level crossings become effectively impossible with MagLev as they always need a bridge or a tunnel to cross roads. In many locations there’s simply not the space to build either of those.

    But suppose the necessary superconductors and infrastructure are installed: where are you going to get the electricity to power them from? 

    The huge changeover to electric vehicles already means hundreds of thousands of new power stations worldwide, whether solar, wind-turbine, nuclear, hydroelectric or any other form already need to be constructed. But with conventional rail technologies it’s already easy to have hybrid diesel locomotives which use exceptionally clean versions of diesel engines solely to generate electricity to power their electric traction motors. Hybrid locos have been in commercial usage for decades: the very latest designs have very low CO2 emissions (some prototypes can capture their CO2) and their only other exhaust product is water. With hybrid locos no overhead power cables and no other electricity supply needs installation; only track needs to be laid. Even signalling can now be done wirelessly direct to the driver’s cab.

    MagLev is only suited to very limited uses, and most of those are just prestige technology demonstrators which cost vastly more money to install and maintain than can ever be commercially justified.

    The only way the USA will ever get any kind of high speed rail network will be if flying becomes too expensive or too uneconomical compared to investing in a conventional high speed rail system, possibly based upon or licensed from the French TGV system or perhaps the Japanese Bullet Train designs. The newest high speed train system is the Chinese one and it has potential to go significantly faster than the French and Japanese systems, but for political and security reasons it would be highly unlikely that the US would buy licenses to copy the Chinese system.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    It's not economical and other than providing some funding for roads and airports the U.S. Government isn't in the transportation business. It's going to require private enterprise to pony up the money and that's just not very likely to happen on a large scale.  

  • 2 weeks ago

    The US won't do it.  Trains take up too much land space.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Never . . . . the Progressives want to limit the mobility of the masses, not enhance it.  Eliminating fossil fuels is the big step:  it will take persons off airplanes, cruise ships, motorcycles, pleasure boats and put them in little electric cars that can't go further than 250 miles, making them easier to control.  They might escape if there were a decent train system.

    And remember that the US is big - not like some puny little sh1thole like England or Japan or other banana republic.

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