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Old May 22nd, 2014, 09:31 AM   #41
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Well that certainly is great news. The tickets are bit expensive but I guess people will use it because it will save a lot of time at least. That timeline is also pretty good too hopefully it doesn't see any delays.
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Do people already have to pay for their fares?
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Old May 25th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #43
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Orlando to get nation's first floating magnetic train line


It is planned to have a stop at the sunrail sandlake road station as well giving greater connectivity for sunrail.
Orlando should run as fast as possible in the opposite direction from American Maglev Technology (AMT). If AMT wants to demonstrate that they can implement a Maglev project in a responsible manner, they should finish the system they started at Old Dominion University.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-586439

ODU's Maglev at an uncertain future

By lpark031 | Posted April 7, 2011 | Norfolk, Virginia

It has been 12 years since the building of the Maglev at Old Dominion University. Even now in 2011 it remains unfinished and in need of some serious “TLC.” As it was once posed as a soon to be “monorail-like” student transportation system, to carry students across campus all the way from Powhatan and across Hampton blvd., it is now at risk of either being torn down or even remaining on campus as a habitual eye sore.

The project looked very promising back in 1999 when ODU first agreed to be the host site for the project along with American Maglev Technology. Maglev Technology was fairly new at the time and AMT was looking to show the nation how significant its technology was. According to Tony Morris, President and CEO of American Maglev Technology, “Maglev technology is significant because it represents a huge improvement in transit innovation for the 21st century.” Morris also went along to say, “it is becoming increasingly important to investigate and develop an alternative to cars and diesel-reliant mass transit options, and maglev technology provides a safe, environmentally clean alternative to the growing traffic and congestion problems.” Maglevs would not require continual maintenance and lubrication cycles as monorails would but instead offer more spacious cabins as well as high frequency operating vehicles.

The promises of this great transportation system and research opportunity was short lived as complications with the elevated track arose and when the project came up on a $7 million gap in funding. Morris estimates a cost of $11 million per mile of track, $4 million per vehicle and the stations varying in cost. With the gap in funding they were unable to provide resources in order to fix the technical problems arising from the elevated track and all the other components needed to finish and test the Maglev. Morris added that this part of the funding was committed by the federal government and was always unavailable to the project.

After complications with the test track and the lack of funding both ODU and American Maglev Technology ended their partnership. ODU instead felt the Maglev would better serve the campus as a research initiative instead of serving as a transportation system. Now in 2011 Dr. Thomas Alberts, Professor in Aerospace Engineering is in charge of overseeing the project. He serves as the project investigator and researches every aspect of the Maglev and its similar prototypes around the world. Currently Alberts and engineering students at ODU are working alongside MagneMotion, Inc a company based out of Massachusetts. Funding for the project is still lacking and the track is in need of new parts. When asked how much was needed Albert’s responded, “it will at least take $110,000 to start off with as far as fixing up the track.” He later said that in order to raise money for the new parts of the track sections of the original track were auctioned off. A total of $75,000 was raised at the conclusion of the auction.

Though steps are being taken in order to continue research on the Maglev the future of the project is still up in the air. Some students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community see the Maglev as a malignant eyesore that takes away from the campus as well as the community. However there are some optimists who agree with the project team and ODU administration in seeing the project as an opportunity to learn more and further research in this unique field of technology. When asked his opinion of the future of the Maglev Albert’s responded as so, “I do not see it ending up as a transportation system. More than likely it will remain as a means of research for faculty and staff. However, the university will eventually want to see something come from it whether it be tearing it down or in fact backing the project to turn it into a transportation system.”

No one has a clue as to the future of ODU’s Maglev. With so many benefits as to its completion and successful operation there are also negatives such as the inability to secure funding in order to reach those benefits. It has been 12 years since the beginning of the project and hopefully it will not be another 12 years before something finite happens with the Maglev.
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SunRail ridership drops 65 percent since train started charging fares
May 30, 2014|By Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel

The number of people riding SunRail has dropped 65 percent since the commuter train started charging fares.

SunRail averaged more than 11,200 passengers a day when rides were free from May 1 through May 16. It has fallen to just under 4,000 through Thursday, system ridership numbers show.

Train officials expect to average 4,300 daily riders by year's end. The fall-off was expected, said SunRail spokesman Steve Olson.

"We're just starting out. We're working on it," Olson said.

Crowds were so large during the free startup period that they frequently overwhelmed the 31.5-mile system, and the trains often ran an hour or more behind schedule.

But once the $2 one-way base fare took effect, the passenger count fell as the curious and riders seeking cheap entertainment left. The trains, as a result, have largely run on time – although mechanical failures and a collision with a car stuck on the tracks caused some major delays.

Fridays seem to be the most popular day to ride, records indicate. The two top ridership days were Fridays, with the record of 17,110 set May 16, the last of the gratis rides. Once the fares took hold, the heaviest ridership – at 6,746 – also was a Friday, May 23.

Olson is not sure why Fridays tend to record upticks, though he suspects some riders might be using the train for social outings.

"Maybe they have the day off or are coasting into the weekend," he said.

The most popular destinations are Winter Park, where the station is close to Park Avenue, and Church Street, in the heart of downtown Orlando. Winter Park had more than 3,700 pickups and drop-offs last week, while Church Street had more than 2,600.

DeBary and Sand Lake Road, the northern and southern ends of the system, also are busy. DeBary had almost 3,300 passengers last week, while Sand Lake had more than 2,100.

Olson said more people may have ridden since fares were charged than the statistics reflect because some of the ticket machines did not work or were slow. He did not offer a specific number. Vending issues are being fixed, he said.

Ridership could fluctuate during coming months, Olson said, as people adjust to having the first fixed-rail mass transit system in Central Florida history.

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Orlando should run as fast as possible in the opposite direction from American Maglev Technology (AMT). If AMT wants to demonstrate that they can implement a Maglev project in a responsible manner, they should finish the system they started at Old Dominion University.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-586439

ODU's Maglev at an uncertain future

By lpark031 | Posted April 7, 2011 | Norfolk, Virginia

It has been 12 years since the building of the Maglev at Old Dominion University. Even now in 2011 it remains unfinished and in need of some serious “TLC.” As it was once posed as a soon to be “monorail-like” student transportation system, to carry students across campus all the way from Powhatan and across Hampton blvd., it is now at risk of either being torn down or even remaining on campus as a habitual eye sore.

The project looked very promising back in 1999 when ODU first agreed to be the host site for the project along with American Maglev Technology. Maglev Technology was fairly new at the time and AMT was looking to show the nation how significant its technology was. According to Tony Morris, President and CEO of American Maglev Technology, “Maglev technology is significant because it represents a huge improvement in transit innovation for the 21st century.” Morris also went along to say, “it is becoming increasingly important to investigate and develop an alternative to cars and diesel-reliant mass transit options, and maglev technology provides a safe, environmentally clean alternative to the growing traffic and congestion problems.” Maglevs would not require continual maintenance and lubrication cycles as monorails would but instead offer more spacious cabins as well as high frequency operating vehicles.

The promises of this great transportation system and research opportunity was short lived as complications with the elevated track arose and when the project came up on a $7 million gap in funding. Morris estimates a cost of $11 million per mile of track, $4 million per vehicle and the stations varying in cost. With the gap in funding they were unable to provide resources in order to fix the technical problems arising from the elevated track and all the other components needed to finish and test the Maglev. Morris added that this part of the funding was committed by the federal government and was always unavailable to the project.

After complications with the test track and the lack of funding both ODU and American Maglev Technology ended their partnership. ODU instead felt the Maglev would better serve the campus as a research initiative instead of serving as a transportation system. Now in 2011 Dr. Thomas Alberts, Professor in Aerospace Engineering is in charge of overseeing the project. He serves as the project investigator and researches every aspect of the Maglev and its similar prototypes around the world. Currently Alberts and engineering students at ODU are working alongside MagneMotion, Inc a company based out of Massachusetts. Funding for the project is still lacking and the track is in need of new parts. When asked how much was needed Albert’s responded, “it will at least take $110,000 to start off with as far as fixing up the track.” He later said that in order to raise money for the new parts of the track sections of the original track were auctioned off. A total of $75,000 was raised at the conclusion of the auction.

Though steps are being taken in order to continue research on the Maglev the future of the project is still up in the air. Some students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community see the Maglev as a malignant eyesore that takes away from the campus as well as the community. However there are some optimists who agree with the project team and ODU administration in seeing the project as an opportunity to learn more and further research in this unique field of technology. When asked his opinion of the future of the Maglev Albert’s responded as so, “I do not see it ending up as a transportation system. More than likely it will remain as a means of research for faculty and staff. However, the university will eventually want to see something come from it whether it be tearing it down or in fact backing the project to turn it into a transportation system.”

No one has a clue as to the future of ODU’s Maglev. With so many benefits as to its completion and successful operation there are also negatives such as the inability to secure funding in order to reach those benefits. It has been 12 years since the beginning of the project and hopefully it will not be another 12 years before something finite happens with the Maglev.
And AMT just got effectively shut out of Virginia Beach when the city and state officials decided to go forth with a state-produced deal to extend LRT past the Norfolk/Virginia Beach border. It will be interesting if they're able to actually get Maglev to break ground in Orlando.
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Orlando airport to have three Japanese peoplemovers
Thursday, July 17, 2014



GREATER Orlando Aviation Authority has awarded a design, build, operate and maintain contract to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries together with Sumitomo Corporation for three peoplemovers.

One peoplemover will be 2.3m long and will link the main airport terminals as well as the South Terminal peoplemover complex. The other two peoplemovers will replace two existing 600m systems connecting the main terminal with two airside terminals.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply a fleet of 18 cars for the new peoplemovers, which will be completed in 2018.

The contract includes a five-year operation and maintenance deal, with two options to extend the deal twice by five years each time. Operation and maintenance will be carried out by Crystal Mover Services, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sumitomo
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2.3m? This is going to be a model train then I'm assuming.
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The People Movers at MCO are three cars long. These new cars are aimed at replacing the oldest cars. MCO opened in the 70s with only two airsides. The complex now has four.

The additional trains will go online when the expansion is done.
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Maglev-train plan for airport, convention center back on track

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A magnetically levitated train that would link Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center seems to be making slow progress.
Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other high-level county officials have been meeting with representatives of American Maglev Technology in recent weeks to discuss the proposed high-tech rail system, which would also include a stop at Florida Mall.

American Maglev CEO Tony Morris plans to use private money to build the almost $400 million system, but he needs approval from Orange County, the state and the airport to use their land for the train.
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SunRail officially has won a $93 million grant from the federal government to expand the commuter train system 17 miles south into Osceola County.

Managers had been confident of getting the money from the Federal Transit Administration because the Osceola leg promises to carry 2,000 riders daily, or about half the number of people who now get on the train each work day.
Beth Kassab: SunRail celebrates one-year anniversary
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I'll believe the Maglev plan when they start building!

In other news, according to the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association, All Aboard Florida has received the $1.75 Billion in tax-exempt state bonds it needs for the extension to Miami. This will connect both systems with a $2.5 Billion project. 32 (!!!!) daily round trip trains will make the 235 mile route at up to 125 mph using Siemens trains by Mid-2017. This is HUGE news for Florida commuter rail. They predict 753,700 passengers in the first year and 5.3 Million per year by 2020 as development fills in around it and tourists discover it. A business class ticket will be $125 for the full route or $100 for the economy class.
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Are there any plans to use electric train sets/electrify the line in the future for the All Aboard Florida route?
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Just Diesel for now , i'm sure they'll consider down the road if Ridership is high enough.
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The SunRail team earlier this month submitted a request to the Federal Transit Administration to enter into “project development” for Phase 3 to the airport. If the FTA gives the go-ahead, that means the state and the region’s transportation planning agency MetroPlan Orlando can start doing cost analysis, environmental studies, early engineering, operations planning and more preliminary work.
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The airport link — originally estimated at around $104 million, but those costs are being recalculated — would need to depart from the main SunRail line on a separate train and then connect into the airport’s new $215 million Intermodal Transportation Facility now being built.
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