Magnetic-levitated train is a reality in Shanghai, China |

Magnetic-levitated train is a reality in Shanghai, China

Letter-writer Sam McCleneghan stands to be corrected. This is an excerpt from an article by Martin Fackler of the Associated Press:

“Wednesday, Jan. 1, SHANGHAI, China – The sleek white train zipped noiselessly out of a futuristic station in Shanghai, carrying Chinese and German leaders – and hopes for a new era in railway technology. The world’s first commercial magnetic-levitation train performed flawlessly on its maiden journey yesterday, hitting 260 mph between Shanghai’s gleaming financial district and the 30 year-old Pudong airport.

“A German-built high-tech marvel, the train can outrun a World War II fighter plane by riding above its track suspended by powerful opposing magnets S “

If it were not for the political gamesmanship of our current governor, Bill Owens, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, this test track could have been built between Silverthorne and Frisco and not in China.

Germany could have been investing money in Colorado instead of China. As for Mr. McCleneghan’s misunderstanding about the cost of building a magnetic-levitation train, perhaps before stating an out-of-this-galaxy opinion, he should first familiarize himself thoroughly with the cost of each.

I’m sure County Commissioner Bill Wallace, who has been part of the Colorado Intermountain Fixed Guideway Authority,, would be very happy to assist Mr. McCleneghan in seeking out the facts.

Carolyn D. Bear


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