Title

FEASIBILITY, FINANCIAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS OF AN ADVANCED MAGLEV-BASED INTERMODAL SYSTEM

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2001

Subject Area

planning - safety/accidents, planning - environmental impact, land use - impacts, policy - environment

Keywords

Transportation economics, Transport economics, Safety measures, Safety, Public safety, Magnetic suspension, Magnetic levitation, Intermodal transportation, Intermodal systems, Financial analysis, Feasibility analysis, Environmental impacts, Environmental effects, Electromagnetic suspension, Economics, Autoshuttle

Abstract

The magnetically levitated (maglev) intermodal system named Autoshuttle is a new transportation concept that can be built along existing major transportation arteries such as freeways. The technical feasibility, financial aspects of a sample application, and key environmental features of this system are examined. Compared to automated vehicles driving autonomously, Autoshuttle demonstrates substantially higher degrees of safety, environmental friendliness, and economy.