Checking in on Maglev
Got me thinking though about what is up with MaglevPA, the folks who have been working on getting maglev in Western PA since forever. Literally decades at this point.
There is a little issue that surfaced last year. The company building the technology that MaglevPA had been working toward implementing here, a company called TransRapid in Germany, had announced it was dissolving itself. I know from conversations that some people thought Transrapid had already ceased operations. Turns out not to be quite true. The government in Germany jumped in and has been trying to keep Transrapid alive. I checked in and found this recent blurb in the German press on the ongoing travails of Transrapid. So it's still there, for now.
Whether Transrapid is still part of the plan for MaglevPA I have no idea. I was looking at their web page to see if there had been some change, but much of the content is dated. People have forgotten there was a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) produced on the potential maglev to be built here. From the news accounts PAT just paid $70K for a consultant to actually finish the EIS.
and don't forget, there have been two other maglev projects seriously discussed around here in recent years. A low speed maglev just for within the city and a maglev out at the California University of PA. I say there has to be some stimulus money for my favorite unbuilt transit system in the city.