Florida's innovative approach to meet future needs for efficient transportation is described: a statewide, high-speed, fixed guideway ground transportation system. The technologies involved will include advanced electrified wheels-on-rail trains and magnetically levitated and propelled vehicles (maglev). Florida's concept inlcudes the requirement that the systems be constructed and operated by private-sector interests, although this does not exclude various forms of public funding. The High Speed Rail Transportation Commission (HSR) Act of 1984, which provided several incentives for private enterprise participation, is discussed. The reasons why Florida needs HSR are discussed, as well as HSR proposals. Florida's Magnetic Levitation Demonstration Act of 1988 is also discussed. Various considerations in HSR and Maglev systems are reviewed, including safety, the health effects of magnetic fields, and the financial feasibility. The benefits of high-speed ground transportation are noted.

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  • Accession Number: 00494801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1990 12:00AM