High Speed Michigan Mag-Lev to Reduce Highway Congestion

Traffic congestion on major highways isn't getting any better. While many ideas have been brought forth to solve this issue, very few ever make it into reality. The newest of these ideas and one that may actually become a reality, is a high speed Mag-Lev Rail that will run between Detroit and Lansing.

The company that designed the new Mag-Lev system is Worldwide Hydrogen Super Highways and their plan is centered on building the railway and stations alongside already existing highways. The cars themselves would be built by the Detroit automakers and then outfitted with the propulsion system necessary to make them compatible with the system.

Solar energy would be used to charge Hydrogen batteries which in turn would provide the lift necessary to keep the cars hovering above rail and moving along at an estimated speed of 200 mph. Higher speed could be reached if needed or desired.

Currently, the plan is to run the railway between Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor, but the technology can easily be adapted to use most anywhere. The project is expected to cost a total of $2.3 billion if completed and will draw revenue from paying riders, as well as advertising leasing space.

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Mar 24, 2009
by Anonymous

Everybody will be gone

Detroit and Lansing will be ghost towns by the time this is built.

The Loose Cannon Lawmakers and the Bailout Bastards won't ride this to their country club meetings.

This is so stoopid on so many levels, I don't know where to start.

Mar 24, 2009
by Anonymous

What traffic jam?

High speed to the unemployment office. Fun!

Well, if you're going to dream, ya might as well dream big!

Mar 25, 2009
by Anonymous


Yes, let's employ a technology that requires 27 times as much energy as the TGV? And, let's spend 2-3 times the cost of other systems to do it with this "efficient" technology? We live in an age when so many things are possible, now we have to understand that just because we can do something, doesn't mean we should. The SST is another example of techology that is more costly than useful. This should get everyone going with a pet theory or two.........

Mar 25, 2009
by Anonymous

Reality Check

So it this what it has come to? Anyone that can design a web site with pretty pictures and who can just make crap up about costs, performance, suitability, superiority, durability, etc., without actually doing any engineering or testing with full-scale prototypes can get know-nothing bloggers and reporters and even elected officials all excited about the possibilities. Of course, there are never any drawbacks or downsides with these fantasy vaporware transit systems because the "inventors" just pull it out their asses and the gullible legions erupt in ohhhs and ahhhs.

Building transit and rail technology that really works is not easy. Why is it that so many appear so ready to give these self-described "inventors" the time of day -- let alone propose that we blow real, scarce taxpayer dollars on their adult Tinker-Toy (TM) transit system fantasies?

What this really does is distract everyone from the real and less sexy and much less glamorous work of really doing something real about our pathetic worse-than-3rd-world neglected transit infrastructure. Any public funds and political capital blown down these fantasy ratholes just confirms to transit critics that nothing ever works and it's all hopeless. There is a huge opportunity cost with all these fruitless and hopeless dalliances with all these "Gadget-Bahn" dreamers. They are charlatans! And to pay them any attention is harmful to the greater cause of making real, serious progress on improving transit infrastructure in the US (or anywhere, really).

Mar 29, 2009
by Anonymous


you obviously are ignorant as to the benefits of maglev. Where did you get 27 times the energy? In fact, maglev is by far the most efficient form of travel ever used on this planet. There is no friction; the only energy required is to displace air.

May 10, 2009
by Anonymous

Expand this to CA Market

Id be neat to ride this System from
LA CA to Santa Barbara CA OR
From Newport Beach to Palm Springs CA.

Must for So CA USA market.

Have the Solar power in place, academic, etc to Build this.

More jobs for CA alone.

Other sites

Bring this to the CA MTA Co IN LA CA