Time for some 21st-century trains
Regarding the Jan. 7 Metro article “Enthusiasm, opposition grow for maglev train plan”:
The proposed Baltimore-Washington high-speed rail project would complement our existing rail and mass transit systems, especially if completed to New York City and Boston, and perhaps south to Richmond and major urban areas of North Carolina. Our nation needs to upgrade and improve our infrastructure, and this project can be just one of these efforts.
A vibrant regional economy depends on diverse modes of transportation. New businesses and companies will consider a region’s diversity of transportation when deciding where to locate their headquarters.
The magnetic-levitation system, or maglev, is much greener than conventional fossil-fuel-based rail systems, such as Amtrak and MARC, which mostly use diesel. We must begin to implement nonfossil-fuel-based rail transportation, similar to the newer high-speed trains in Japan, China and Europe.
The United States should develop proven new modes of transportation. Such projects also create employment opportunities for college students specializing in engineering and the sciences. The Baltimore-to-Washington portion of the maglev could produce more than 70,000 jobs in planning, design, engineering and construction. More than a thousand jobs would be filled with the operation and maintenance. And spinoff industries could arise from this project.
High-speed maglev from city center to city center has advantages over air travel and traffic-laden freeways, saving people time, wear and tear. We need to give the 21st-century, green, high-speed rail transportation that maglev offers a try. Robert Snyder, Greenbelt