A traffic study titled Street Traffic 1985 comes to the conclusion that more public transportation systems are necessary to reduce the number of passenger cars on the streets. Several such rapid transit systems are in the planning stage in various countries, e.g., the Aerotrain in France and the Hovertrain in Great Britain. In West Germany, efforts are under way to abolish long-distance transportation of material by trucks. Rail-bound vehicles traveling at high speed but producing no noise or waste gas will be used instead. To some extent such rail-bound trains are also being developed for passenger transport. The transrapid system is designated to carry passengers at a speed of 500 to 600 km/h. The trains will run on rails resting on a structure rising 6 m from the ground. No final decision has yet been made as to the drive of the train. Three methods are under consideration: the magnetic suspension, air cushion and linear motor, or air cushions and jet engines. It is expected that development will take 7 years. The train itself will be 45 m long and will have a total weight of 70 mp. It will seat 150 to 220 passengers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    VDI Nachrichten

    Postfach 1139, Graf-Recke-Strasse 84
    4 Dusseldorf 1,   Germany 
  • Publication Date: 1971


  • German

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 35-37
  • Serial:
    • Umwelt
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: VDI Nachrichten

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041776
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Air Pollution Technical Information Center
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 1973 12:00AM