truck transport is an enormous business in the United States. We
spend over 260 billion dollars annually on intercity truck transport,
more than four times the amount spent on intercity
Many of these intercity trucks move on Interstate Highway routes,
such as US-80 (New York to Chicago), US-95 Boston to Florida), and
US-5 (San Diego to San Francisco) and other highways. A daily 2-way
traffic of 10,000 trucks or more - on some routes 20,000 trucks
- is common. The trucks often form an almost continuous line, with
as many trucks on the highway as automobiles.
The M-2000 maglev system can transport freight containers and truck
trailers in a faster, lower cost, safer, and less polluting manner
than if they traveled on the highway. The same M-2000 guideway that
transports passenger vehicles can also transport vehicles that carry
a truck trailer.
the M-2000 National Maglev Network, a trucking company would pick
up a loaded trailer at its origin and drive it a few miles to the
nearest maglev station. There it would be loaded into a maglev vehicle,
to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to the maglev station closest
to its destination, where a tractor would pickup the trailer and
drive it a few miles to its delivery point.
The advantages to shippers, truck drivers, and consumer are enormous.
The cost of shipping would be reduced substantially, benefiting
shippers and consumers; the delivery time would be much shorter
- hours rather than days for a cross-country trip; and the highways
would be safer, less congested and not subject to the massive damage
caused by heavy trucks.