Congestion in the air and highway system in the United States continues to worsen. By the year 2005, the cost of congestion will rise to over $60 billion annually. High speed ground transportation, which can act as an alternative and complements air and highway travel, may help to relieve these congested modes. This study examines the feasibility of a regional high speed magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) system connecting the Greater Pittsburgh airport with strategic stops between Midwest and the East Coast. A suburban commuter system, which operates on the same lines as the regional system, is also investigated. The first link of the regional and suburban MAGLEV system consists of a demonstration line connecting the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport with downtown Pittsburgh. This study considers the economic value of such a system from the aspects of transportation, manufacturing and economic development. The study concludes that an investment of $41 billion over the next 30 years would be required to build a regional MAGLEV system, cover its operating cost and produce enough additional transportation revenue to pay back part of this investment in the private sector financial markets. A substantial portion of this investment must come from the public sector. The additional economic activity generated by this investment would be over $78 billion. Over 675,000 person-years of work would be created by such a venture.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Wean Hall 4323
    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213-3890

    Port Authority of Allegheny County

    Beaver and Island Avenues
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15233

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1994-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 370 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00669187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FTA-PA-08-7006-94-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 28 1994 12:00AM