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Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail and The Northeast Maglev Announce Approval of Railroad Franchise Request by the Maryland Public Service Commission

November 17, 2015

BALTIMORE, Nov. 17, 2015 -- Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR) and The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) today announced that the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved BWRR's application to acquire a passenger railroad franchise previously held by the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad Company. The railroad franchise was abandoned in 1935, with approval of the PSC. BWRR and TNEM are working to deploy a Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) system that would connect Washington and Baltimore in 15 minutes.

"We are pleased that the Commission recognized the →

Governor Larry Hogan Applauds $27.8 Million Grant for SCMaglev in Maryland

November 7, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $27.8 million in Federal Railroad Administration funds to support ongoing efforts by the private sector to bring Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) trains to the Northeast region. The Baltimore-Washington corridor was one of three corridors in the United States eligible to apply for these funds for Maglev projects. The Maryland application for the federal grant was submitted in April with the understanding that the Japanese government will be a source of significant financial backing for the project, along with →

Baltimore Sun - Under Armour's Plank backs maglev: 'Let's build this thing'

September 21, 2015

When he rode a high-speed, magnetic levitation train in Asia recently, Under Armour founder Kevin Plank couldn't suppress a giggle.

The athletic apparel magnate has joined the effort to bring the technology to Baltimore.

"Frankly, I love big," he told a crowd of more than 100 Monday night to mark the opening of the new Maglev headquarters downtown. "I have a passion: I love blowing people's minds."

Northeast Maglev hopes to build a magnetic levitation line that would shorten the trip between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes and eventually extend all the way to →

Baltimore Business Journal - From Kevin Plank to Ben Cardin, maglev supporters turn out

September 22, 2015

Business and political heavyweights turned out in droves Monday evening as a group trying to connect Baltimore and Washington, D.C. with a high-speed magnetic levitating train opened its new headquarters in Baltimore.

The Northeast Maglev, or TNEM, opened in 20,000 square feet of newly renovated space at 6 S. Gay St. Business leaders and politicians from both parties, including Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr., members of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake →

WAMU - How Maryland Officials Hope To Cut D.C. To Baltimore Commute To Just 15 Minutes

July 24, 2015

Imagine traveling from downtown D.C. to BWI Airport in eight minutes or from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes. Considering how consistently terrible and unreliable commuting is in our region, such fast trips would seem possible in a fantasy world. For starters, 40 traffic-clogged miles separate the two cities; to cover that ground in 15 minutes would require some serious speed.

In another decade or so it could be reality.

In what may be the most ambitious initiative of his young administration, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pursuing next-generation high speed rail through →

MDOT - Governor Larry Hogan Rides World’s Fastest Train in Japan

June 4, 2015

YAMANASHI, JAPAN – In support of private-sector efforts to explore building high-speed rail in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan joined executives from the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and the Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail LLC (BWRR) to ride the 27-mile-long Yamanashi Maglev Line located outside of Tokyo, Japan.

The high-speed rail line is equipped with Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) technologies, which uses magnetic forces to accelerate trains smoothly and rapidly to speeds of more than 300 miles per hour while levitating inches off the ground. The JR →

Baltimore Business Journal - In Asia, Larry Hogan will be a rare Republican to give trains a chance

May 25, 2015

Larry Hogan is taking a bold, adventurous trip that could be huge for the future of Maryland business.
I’m not talking about Asia — although that’s part of it. I’m talking about a train ride.

Yes, Hogan, a Republican governor, is going to get on a train. A maglev train, to be specific. It’s part of his 12-day trip through Asia that began May 26.

Hogan will ride a maglev train ride in southern Japan, joined by state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Northeast Maglev CEO Wayne Rogers and Northeast Maglev Vice Chairman Jeffrey Hirschberg. Although the maglev ride was →

Wall Street Journal - Abe Aims to Get U.S. On Board Japanese Trains

April 27, 2015

TOKYO—When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. this week, he will act as salesman-in-chief by marketing Japan’s high-speed rail system.

With the support of the government, Japanese companies are vying for chances to join three fast-train projects under consideration in the U.S. The three would link Los Angeles and San Francisco; Dallas and Houston; and New York and Washington with high-speed systems.

Exporting Japan’s bullet-train system, known as the Shinkansen, is an important element of Mr. Abe’s strategy to revive his nation’s economy. Winning contracts in the U.S →

Wall Street Journal - Maglev Train Sets Record

April 21, 2015

Central Japan Railway Co. said its magnetic levitation bullet train reached 603 kilometers an hour (375 miles an hour) during its test run Tuesday, breaking the speed record it set last week.

The train was running on a test course in Yamanashi prefecture in central Japan, and reached the record speed while passing through a tunnel. It exceeded 600 kilometers per hour for about 11 seconds, and hit 603 kilometers per hour at 10:48 a.m., the company said.

A spokesman at the company, known as JR Central, said it will apply to have the achievement listed in the Guinness World →

Nazih Haddad Joins the Northeast Maglev as Executive Vice President

January 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 13 – The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) today announced the appointment of Nazih Haddad, P.E. as the new Executive Vice President of the company, effective February 3. Haddad will manage the development of a high-speed rail system between Washington, DC and New York City, using Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) technology.

“In the world of high-speed rail development, Nazih has proven himself an effective leader,” said Wayne Rogers, Chairman and CEO of the Northeast Maglev. “His experience on a wide range of rail projects makes him the ideal person to take on the →

Ambassador Kennedy Rides SCMAGLEV with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, TNEM Chairman & CEO Wayne Rogers

April 14, 2014

TOKYO, April 14 – U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy accompanied Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Northeast Maglev Chairman and CEO Wayne Rogers to ride the Central Japan Railway Company’s (JR Central) Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) train on Saturday, April 12.

“It’s amazing,” said Ambassador Kennedy as she sat next to Prime Minister Abe racing past Mount Fuji at 313 mph.

The SCMAGLEV is the world’s fastest train and the newest technology in rapid transit. Travelling at over 311 mph, the new train will be an improvement over the current 168 mph Shinkansen “ →

Baltimore Sun: Maglev would transform Baltimore

November 4, 2013

It's easy to be cynical about the idea of a magnetic levitation train whisking riders from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes. The technology, though not new, still sounds fanciful. The costs of even such a small system are enormous, the commercial viability of maglev is much in doubt, and the prospects that Congress would authorize significant expenditures on any kind of high-speed rail appear slim. We've been down this road before, when the Baltimore-Washington corridor was a finalist for a U.S. government-supported test route for the technology, only to see the idea fizzle from →

The Northeast Maglev Creates Advisory Board to Advance High-Speed Transportation System in Northeast Corridor

November 4, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Northeast Maglev today announced the formation of the Northeast Maglev Advisory Board, which will advise and assist in the development of a high-speed solution to the increasingly congested Northeast Corridor utilizing Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) technology. SCMAGLEV, the fastest train in the world, will whisk passengers from Washington, DC to New York City in an hour.

“Led by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, the bipartisan Board will work with policymakers, elected officials, regulators, media and the public to better inform them of the potential →

Asahi: Test runs get under way on 500 kph maglev Shinkansen

September 13, 2013

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has begun test runs of a magnetically levitated train that can reach speeds of up to 500 kph with an eye toward commercial operations beginning in 2027.

The test runs got under way on Aug. 29 on an extended Yamanashi Maglev Test Line over a distance of 42.8 kilometers using the latest prototype L0 train cars.

The test runs will initially involve five linked L0 cars and reach speeds of 500 kph.

The Yamanashi Maglev Test Line was extended from its previous length of 18.4 kilometers. The longer test line will allow JR Tokai to conduct →

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Asahi: Prototype of high-speed maglev train shown to public

June 3, 2013

TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--The public got a rare chance to view a linked up prototype of the super-fast maglev "floating" train on its test track here June 3.

Operator Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) says the magnetically levitated train is set to enter commercial operation between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027.

The sleek L0 series maglev train, called "Linear motor car" in Japan, will eventually service the entire Chuo Shinkansen Line that links Tokyo with Osaka through Nagano Prefecture and Nagoya.

It will bypass the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, slashing the travel →

Yomiuri Online

Yomiuri: SCMAGLEV Test Runs Restarting in September

April 18, 2013

On April 17th, JR Central announced that running tests will resume on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line (currently undergoing extension) using the new SCMAGLEV model L0 (L-zero) starting in September, three months ahead of schedule. →

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First Generation Revenue Service SCMAGLEV Test Vehicle Delivered

February 11, 2013

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) took delivery of the very first generation of SCMAGLEV vehicles with revenue service specifications, known as the Series L0 (L-zero), at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in Tsuru, Japan.

A total of 5 vehicles have been ordered by JR Central, and have been manufactured by Nippon Sharyo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. These vehicles will begin running tests by the end of 2013 upon the reopening of the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line. Subsequently, an additional 9 vehicles will be delivered after 2013 in →

CQ Roll Call

CQ Roll Call: Can ‘Maglev’ Trains Attract Investors?

August 8, 2012

Imagine a day when travelers could ride between Washington’s Union Station and midtown Manhattan in an hour, rocketing along a magnetic field at twice the top speed of Amtrak’s Acela trains.

If the idea sounds like something out of Star Wars, the politics of selling a futuristic, multibillion-dollar passenger rail service to a budget-cutting Congress may seem just as farfetched. After all, the Republican-controlled House has already put the brakes on President Obama’s dream of building a nationwide network of high-speed passenger trains.

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The Huffington Post

Huffington Post: Northeast Maglev Train Plan Aims To Cut Down D.C.-N.Y. Travel Times

July 16, 2012

How would you like to get to and from the nation's capital and New York City in an hour while avoiding annoyances at the airport? The Washington Post reports that the Northeast Maglev, a private, D.C.-based company -- working with the group that runs Japan's bullet train -- is proposing to bring a high-speed "magnetic levitation" rail system between D.C. and New York, with stops in between. Trips between D.C. and Baltimore would take just 15 minutes. Getting all the way to New York from D.C. would take about an hour. The system would, the company says, eventually be extended to

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Politico: Northeast Needs Next Generation's Rail Tech

February 21, 2013

As anyone who travels the Northeast corridor knows, travel options are limited at best, maddening at worst. Flights are frequently delayed or canceled. Trains, particularly on longer routes like Washington to New York City, are often full. Even the fastest trains take almost three hours, rolling over infrastructure that is decades old and decaying.

Indeed, the Northeast corridor is the nation’s most overcrowded, on the ground and in the air. Both policymakers and the public realize something must be done to cut the congestion and speed the lanes of commerce.

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The Huffington Post

Huffington Post: Superconducting Maglev a Revolutionary Concept

September 20, 2011

The invention of the railway in early 19th-century Britain was a revolution that represented a major advance in transportation technology.

Almost two centuries later, the basic concept of steel wheels running on steel tracks reached its ultimate expression with the emergence of Japan's Shinkansen, which offered unprecedented high-speed performance and safety for intercity passenger transport.

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