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Charles H. Smith

Programs Manager, Maglev 2000

Mr. Charles Smith is the Programs Manager of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation. He directs the overall program for the planning of an initial twenty-mile demonstration revenue line, which will eventually connect Port Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center to Orlando International Airport.

He joined MAGLEV 2000 after fourteen years as Director of Florida's high-speed transportation projects, including several maglev development initiatives. This project has now been incorporated in a plan for a twenty-mile revenue line to serve Port Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.

In 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the Florida High Speed Rail Commission charged with developing a high-speed surface system for that state. In his position he conducted technical and business analyses of advanced train and maglev technologies throughout Europe and Japan for suitable applications to Florida and United States operations. He directed the related engineering, systems safety analysis, route studies, environmental assessments and project financing for implementing these advanced transportation systems in Florida. He has advised or consulted with several other states and organizations on their plans to develop high-speed rail and maglev systems.

As the State Railroad Administrator in Maryland from 1974 - 1985, Mr. Smith set up and managed the MARC commuter rail operations serving the Baltimore-Washington region. There he directed the acquisition of new rolling stock and power from Japanese and Swedish companies; the rehabilitation of rolling stock; property acquisitions; and construction of track and station facilities for the commuter rail operations on several corridors in Maryland. He was a systems planner on the Baltimore Metro, including technology evaluation and selection, market analysis and route planning.

Charles Smith is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. He has chaired technical committees for the Transportation Research Board; the American Association of Transportation Officials; and the High Speed Ground Transportation Association. He recently served on the Maglev Study Advisory Committee appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to formulate recommendations for legislation to develop and deploy maglev transportation systems in the U.S. The Committee's recommendations were considered by Congress in formulating the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.


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