M-2000 vehicles travel on the narrow beam guideway over most of
the route, except when the vehicles switch off the main guideway.
The vehicle then transitions to the planar guideway, which has two
lines of independent loops. Depending on which line of loops is
active, the vehicle will either proceed along the main guideway
or switch to a secondary guideway that leads to an off-line station.
The switching process is carried out at full speed, e.g., 300 mph.
Switching at high speeds allows high average vehicle speed, because
the vehicles do not have to slow down to switch off the guideway.
Moreover, high average speed is possible even if the distance between
maglev stations is short. The M-2000 vehicles employ a "skip-stop"
service, in which the vehicle bypasses most of the stations on the
route, only switching off line to stop at scheduled stations.