This National Maglev Initiative (NMI) Annual Report summarizes activities carried out since the NMI's inception in the spring of 1990 through October 1991. The NMI is a cooperative effort of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Department of Energy (DOE), with support from other Federal agencies. This interagency partnership is conducting studies to evaluate the potential for magnetically levitated high-speed ground transportation (maglev) systems in the United States to complement existing transportation systems and help meet transportation demand with an environmentally sound alternative, independent of petroleum-based fuels. A major purpose of these studies is to address the opportunities for the United States to be a supplier of maglev rather than simply a customer of internationally developed maglev systems. Accomplishments to date include an FRA preliminary feasibility assessment report, a USACE implementation report, market and economic studies, the establishment of a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee to critique and oversee the NMI research program, the award of 27 contracts for technology assessments, and the negotiation of multiple contract awards for system concept definition analyses, among other things. This Annual Report also describes NMI goals, premises, management, studies and other activities that were underway in FY 1991 and those projected for FY 1992.

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    Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Publication Date: 1991-11

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00620635
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM