More tests needed before Maglev rail hits the tracks
Before a new magnetically levitated train can hit the tracks in Orlando, an engineering expert hired by the state says more tests are needed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Powder Springs, Ga.-based American Maglev Technology is proposing a $315.2 million, 15-mile overhead rail line from Orlando International Airport to the Orange County Convention Center.
Marc Thompson, the engineering consultant hired by the Florida Department of Transportation and part of the four-person team the state selected to evaluate the train, said it lacks devices to keep the train from swaying from side to side during turns and high winds, and determined he needs more documentation and records before offering an endorsement, the Sentinel reports.
The Maglev rail system would be privately funded by American Maglev President Tony Morris and Spanish firm Groupo ACS, which specializes in infrastructure construction projects worldwide.