Shanghai magnetic-levitated line is costly, not tested at elevation |

Shanghai magnetic-levitated line is costly, not tested at elevation

To letter-writer Carolyn Bear: It’s true a

magnetic-levitated mass transit line opened to VIPs in Shanghai, China, on a test run Dec. 31.

It will be about a year from that date before it carries passengers, according to reports. The line is 19 miles long, and it cost more than $1 billion.

As far as I know, the area around Shanghai is not known for lots of snow, if any, nor is there a substantial elevation difference between the city and the airport, where this line was installed.

However, ThyssenKrupp Transrapid, the division of ThyssenKrupp involved in this project, claims its system can operate in all types of weather and can climb grades of up to 10 percent.

Based on that claim, if accurate, I stand corrected, as it was with both the weather and grades on which I based my statement “S not until the technology gets invented.” 

However, as far as costs are concerned, calculate the distance from either Denver International Airport or C-470 to Eagle County Airport and estimate some tunneling and land acquisition, cost of terminals, etc. You do the math. It’s not a big number. It’s huge, and funds are not there.

What you will do regarding the opinion of the majority of Colorado voters – I don’t know. I did, however, sell the fusion reactor.

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