16.0 Magnetic Levitation:

16.3Construction Costs, Commonalities:

Maglev projects are currently constrained by very high construction costs when compared to typical rail trains. Current technologies do not provide much margin for profitable operation due to the cost of acquiring land, building guide lanes and an operator=s cost of acquiring vehicles capable of running via Maglev. Infrastructure control costs are also significant. Maglev trains are not compatible with typical rail tracks and most systems in use today use different designs and construction techniques. Maglev vehicles have been proven to climb and decent at as much as six (6) degrees. HPR vehicles will be able to climb at an estimated seventy (70) degree angle although that requirement is not envisioned during HPR operations.