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Monday, March 30, 2009

High-speed Detroit-Lansing rail line envisioned

A company called Worldwide Hydrogen Super Highways says it has designed a magnetic-levitation rail line to run near existing highways between Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor.

The elevated rail line would use cars “built by Detroit Three automakers” that would use solar energy to power hydrogen batteries, said Justin Sutton of Whitmore Lake, founder of Worldwide Hydrogen Super Highways, which has designed the rail system. The proposed speeds for the maglev train is up to 200mph (322km/h) although the Shanghai maglev easily reaches 268 mph (431 km/h) but hardly its full potential.

The magnetic rail cars would carry passengers, vehicles (like a ferry) and freight. Sutton said the rail line could be used by many private operators that own the cars, similar to railroads that are shared by railroad companies.


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