need better transport systems that increase mobility, reduce energy
demand, particularly for fossil fuels, and reduce environmental
damage. Present modes of transport - autos, trucks, airplanes, railroads,
buses, pipelines, and ships - can be improved, but only marginally.
Such improvements will not solve the long term problems - decreasing
fossil fuel resources, global warming, and the billions of people
in the developing nations who need better transportation
As the world's population and living standards rise, transport
systems are ever more stressed. We see signs of a looming crisis.
Congestion on the highways and airways is increasing and mobility
- how rapidily and reliably we can move people and goods - is decreasing.
The cost of energy is rising while the resource base is eroding.
Damage to the environment - pollution and the contribution of carbon
dioxide to global warming, and the loss of land to roadways - is
Maglev is the best way to move people and goods in the 21st Century.
Maglev offers dramatic improvements in speed and mobility, efficiency,
and energy independence. Maglev offers major cost savings for passengers
and freight. Maglev is environmentally friendly - it is non-polluting,
uses less land, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Maglev 2000 is dedicated to making maglev
the major mode of transportation for the 21st Century. The construction
of a National Maglev Network would save hundreds of billions of
dollars annually in transport costs and bring major gains in productivity
through cost reductions, faster delivery time, and minimization
of congestion delays. Maglev's environmental benefits to the US
will be even more important.
Achieving this goal requires developing maglev systems
whose cost of construction is low and that have low operating costs.
Demonstrating this performance on revenue generating maglev systems
- a goal achievable within the next few years - will result in maglev
becoming the major mode of transport in the 21st Century.