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Here's a previous article with map on the route: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/prin ... -link.htmlMorris, principal of Powder Springs, Ga.-based American Maglev Technology Inc., on June 26 formally presented his plan to commissioners for a 15-mile, $315.2 million, privately-funded magnetic-levitation commuter rail system. The rail line would look similar to Walt Disney World’s elevated monorail system, but runs on a cheaper, 60 percent more efficient technology that American Maglev Technology been testing in Georgia since 2006. American Maglev’s technology costs about $20 million per mile, while other maglev technologies run about $70 million per mile, Morris said.
Operating costs would reportedly run $9.1 million annually and also would be privately funded, mostly by investors who are lined up and awaiting an agreement between American Maglev Technology and the necessary government entities that would have to approve the project.
The system is promised as a missing transit link from Orlando International Airport to the 61-mile Central Florida commuter rail SunRail, as well as to major economic centers, such as the Orange County Convention Center , the International Drive Resort Area, Lake Nona’s Medical City and eventually to the Disney area in future phases. See the proposed route as well as more details from my story from last November.
Morris wants to start construction by May 2013 on the project’s first phase, which includes four passenger stations at Orlando International Airport, SunRail’s Sand Lake Road station, The Florida Mall and the Orange County Convention Center.
Central Florida appears poised to see several transit options spin off from the planned $1.3 billion, 61-mile SunRail commuter rail.
For example, a decades-old plan for a magnetic-levitation train system to connect Orlando International Airport to the tourist districts finally may have found its niche as SunRail’s missing link.
The Florida Department of Transportation in October began talks with Powder Springs, Ga.-based American Maglev Technology Inc. on studying a privately funded transit system that would start at the airport and travel along two routes: northwest to the Orange County Convention Center and southwest to the Walt Disney World Resort.