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6/20/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

High-speed maglev rail system would bolster border security, promoters say



The United States could improve border security by constructing a high-speed solar/hydrogen-powered magnetic levitation rail system along the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to the Interstate Traveler Co. (ITC) and American Computer Scientists Association.

ITC’s hybrid “Interstate Traveler Maglev” is designed to travel up to 250 mph along a 50,000- to 250,000-mile rail system. Featuring surveillance devices, vibration/motion sensors and protective cars, the maglev would be manned by border-patrolling security personnel, and provide transportation for freight, autos and passengers. ITC is collaborating with the computer science association to promote and build the system.

“The biggest technical problem [U.S.] Homeland Security faces when protecting the borders is to avoid having to position manpower with weaponry every 100 feet along thousands of miles of our borders with Canada and Mexico,” said ITC President Justin Sutton in a prepared statement. “The speed of the system would allow us to place border observation stations every 75 to 150 miles to watch everything on both borders with only 30 stations and two central offices.”


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