The feasibility of a high-speed maglev train similar to the Shanghai train, which runs at around 260 mph, from Atlanta to Chattanooga was the focus of a study by the Atlanta Regional Commission in the late 1990s.
Bob McCord, a management analyst for the commission, said the study concluded that a high-speed maglev between the cities would cost $4-6 billion. The mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield, told GlobalAtlanta that the city is still studying the possibility of a high-speed maglev train.
At $20 million per kilometer, a slower version by American Maglev would cost about $2.36 billion for a track from Atlanta to Chattanooga.
Jordan Morris said that some local officials have visited the test track including Washington officials, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Rep. Phil Gingrey, both of Georgia, but these visits have failed to lead to any definite projects.
“The general consensus is that it’s very interesting and they’re very intrigued by it. But they generally cannot figure out how to make the next step about how to implement this,” he said.
He added that “governments are broke” and implementing new transit systems in the U.S. requires a big shift away from government-funded rail systems.
He said that American Maglev has an alternative business model that uses private companies, like ACS, to fund, implement and operate the systems.
ACS has been studying Maglev's transit system for the past three years and sent a team from the Madrid Technical Institute to validate the technology and company.
Using ACS, which has over 140,000 employees and projects in countries around the world including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, American Maglev has been able to promote itself globally, said Jordan Morris.
While President Obama's put $53 billion into expanding high-speed rails in the U.S., American Maglev will probably not receive this federal funding.
Tony Morris described their technology as “mega-regional transportation” that connects large urban areas and is completely different than high-speed rails because of the slower speeds and magnetic technology.
For more information on American Maglev Technology, visit www.american-maglev.com, or call 404.386.4036.
For information on a Swiss producer of transit system technology, visit http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/24350/ , or a German manufacturer of electrical systems for transit systems, visit http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/24404/.
And for information on Atlanta's Beltline and Paris' Grand Paris system, visit http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/24439/