16.2The Ultimate Goal:

Various demonstration systems in several countries have demonstrated the effectiveness of Maglev in transportation environments. Speeds reaching 361 mph have been recorded by Japan=s Yamanashi Prefecture test trains. Except at very high speeds, Maglev trains are quieter, and will eventually become less expensive to operate than standard trains. They are environmentally friendly and require no oil based fuel. Maglev vehicles are extremely smooth and quiet internally.