Intelligent, Efficient Urban Transit
MagneMotion's M3 Maglev project uses the Company's technology, along with its expertise in electro-magnetic levitation and guidance, to provide faster, more cost effective transit in large Metropolitan areas and for short intercity applications. Since 2003, MagneMotion has been working in cooperation with the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to test the viability of its patented technology. A full scale test system is now running indoors at MagneMotion’s Devens, MA facility. Further testing will be done on a longer outdoor track at Old Dominion University.
MagneMotion’s Maglev is unique in its use of a single permanent magnetic based structure that provides suspension, guidance and propulsion of vehicles on a guideway, eliminating a level of complexity and costs found in competing maglev technologies. From a system perspective, M3 focuses on using smaller vehicles tightly spaced rather than long trains to accommodate a large ridership. This provides greater flexibility in transporting passengers quickly to their desired destinations.
For a collection of links to details on maglev projects, maglev transportation corporations, Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), and various transportation technologies (other than the automobile), see Jerry Schneider's website at the University of Washington.
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- Uses less energy than Linear Induction Motors or superconducting maglev systems
- Lower stray magnet field than other maglev systems
- Vehicles are light since propulsion is on the wayside
Ride Quality/Safety Benefits
- Excellent ride quality
- Vehicle design prohibits de-railing
- Lower operating costs due to less wear
- Proven technology provides low technical risk