China will extend its high-speed maglev
April 11, (EIRNS)--The world's only "maglev" train in commercial use, is to be extended in time to service sites at the World Expo 2010, to be held in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai Daily. In mid-March, China's National Development and Reform Commission gave its approval to extend the existing maglev route -- which runs from Pudong international airport to the Longyang Road Metro station.
The new link will go from Longyang to the Hongqiao Airport. It is a $4.5 billion project and is to be sited along waterways and existing rail track as much as possible. Hong Hao, deputy secretary general of the Shanghai government, said the city was planning to boost its transport network, including the maglev, in time for the May 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010 World Expo. This link is part of a 170-kilometer (106-mile) maglev system that will run between Shanghai and the city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. When completed, the maglev system would cover the 170 km route in 27 minutes; i.e., people would zoom over the route at an average speed of 378 kmh (236 mph).
The background is this. The German Transrapid (the consortium of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp) in cooperation with the Shanghai Maglev Development Transportation Company (SMDTC), and associated groups, built the world's first commercial maglev system, running from the financial district of Shanghai to Pudong International Airport, covering 30 Km (19 miles), in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. It began operation in early 2004, and has operated fairly flawlessly ever since.