Low-Speed Urban Maglev Technology Development Program

The objective of this project is to develop magnetic levitation technology that offers a cost effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly transit option for urban mass transportation in the United States, required under Section 3015 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). . This project supports the efforts of General Atomics (GA) to develop low-speed magnetic levitation (Maglev) technology. GA is leading a team of experts to develop low speed magnetic levitation technology solution to urban and regional transportation problems, for initial application in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The Low-Speed Urban Maglev Technology Project involves an entirely passive, permanent magnetic levitation system, with an efficient linear synchronous motor powering the guideway to provide propulsion. The system represents refinements that evolved from the Maglev technologies developed by the United States, Germany, Japan, and Korea over the last three decades. This project supports development of magnetic levitation technologies to demonstrate energy efficiency, congestion mitigation and safety benefits. The Urban Maglev Program was initiated through a January 29, 1999 Federal Register Notice, to carry out this project and similar low speed maglev projects created under TEA-21 and titled the Low Speed Project. The General Atomics project is the first award under the FTA Urban Maglev Program.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See Website at URL http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/urbmaglev.htm.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $4000000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Pindiprolu, Venkat

  • Performing Organizations:

    General Atomics Corporation

    3550 General Atomics Court
    San Diego, CA  United States  92121
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gurol, Sam

  • Start Date: 20021000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20030900
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8733

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459018
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: CA-26-7025.02
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:55PM