Florida Maglev 2000 Project

This project is conducted under the FTA Urban Magnetic Levitation Transit Technology Development Program. Under this project, Maglev 2000 of Florida will demonstrate the feasibility of a superconducting electrodynamic suspension (repulsive force) technology. The project consists of three phases; only the first is covered by this cooperative agreement. The three phases are: construction, manufacture, and assembly of guideway, coils, superconducting magnets, train control, and prototype vehicles; preliminary design of a 7 mile revenue service route connecting Visitor Center and Apollo/Saturn V Exhibit Center at Kennedy Space Center; and final design of the 7 mile revenue service route. Superconducting magnets enable Maglev vehicles to operate with much greater clearance above the guideway than room temperature magnets. Large gaps improve safety, allow greater construction tolerance and decrease. Maglev is a revolutionary approach to transportation. The vehicle is propelled by a linear induction motor along the track; trains are lifted and propelled by magnetic forces without wheel-rail contact. Maglev technology is noiseless, vibration free and low energy use.