Non-Technical Impediments to Maglev Development: A Lessons Learned Study of the Florida Maglev Demonstration Project

Since 1985, private and public interests have been developing the Florida Magnetic Levitation Demonstration Project in Orlando. The 14.5 mile, for-profit, demonstration of maglev technology will connect the Orlando International Airport with the International Drive tourist area, which includes Walt Disney World, Sea World and other attractions and hotels serving the burgeoning tourism market in central Florida. The project is likely to become the world's first commercial demonstration of high speed magnetic levitation transportation; in 1991, Florida's Governor and Cabinet issued a certificate to Maglev Transit, Inc. to exclusively construct and operate such a project. The cornerstone of planning and development for the project is legislation adopted by the Florida legislature in 1988 which provides, in part, for a novel one-stop environmental, land use and technology assessment. The Act codified a strategy to overcome hurdles identified in the project team's assessment of anticipated governmental barriers; all affected entities are bound to present jurisdictional concerns during a single certification process before a single forum. One critical development in project planning has been consensus building to bring together diverse modal constituencies with the project. The objective of this paper is to study lessons learned, to date, from the Orlando experience. Particular attention is given to the economics of competing modes in the private and public section. That objective entails identifying the groups who raised issues or opposed the project, an examination of the issues raised, the context in which they were raised and the means by which the Orlando project achieved consensus and overcame or failed to overcome the impediments.

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    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Cox, Robert Scott
  • Publication Date: 1994-4


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 48p

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  • Accession Number: 01675689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS57-93-P-81021
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2018 9:47AM