Japan really wants the U.S. to buy its maglev train technology
— By Tyler Falk on January 9, 2014, 10:44 AM PST
Observations and Question.
This train is intended to replace the current MARC trains. It needs to be noted that there is no nonstop trains running between Baltimore and Washington DC.
The MARC Camden line between Baltimore and Washington DC takes 71 minutes with 7 stops along the way. At a snappy 1 minute per stop, that accounts for 7 minutes of the 71 minutes commute.
The MARC Penn line takes 59 minutes with 7 stops.
The Penn line was the obvious comparison.
With as little as 3 miles and at the most 6 miles between stations, I am curious what neck snapping acceleration and deceleration would be happening on the maglev train to make the 37 mile trip in just 15 minutes with 7 minutes of that time spent at stops and just 8 minutes to travel 37 miles?
Hyperbole is so common with HSR projects.
All the Central Japan Co needs to do is anonymously bribe, oh I'm sorry, I mean donate to a couple of our politicians and they will be talking up how great this will be.
Could this technology be outdated? What about graphene or meta-graphene-materials maglev? Could the Japanese be trying to get America to buy outmoded tech at a time when they see newer, faster, cheaper, room-temp systems on the horizon?
A useful question might be: Why does the existing train take an hour to go a mere 37 miles? Conventional rail technology is capable of travelling far faster than 37 mph.
Could it be because that train makes many stops in between? If that's the case, then what would the actual end-to-end time be of a maglev train making all those stops? I'm pretty sure it would be more than 15 minutes.