Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) is a system of track bound transportation that uses sets of magnets to levitate the vehicle up off the track, and to move the 'floating train' ahead at great speed taking advantage of the lack of friction.
The purpose of this website is to call for maglev systems to be included – objectively and fairly – in any and all long-range infrastructure planning and planning competitions. Maglev systems should be considered for specific projects, i.e., in a comparison with wheel/rail and air traffic. The comparison should be objective and fact-based, without technical prejudice or bias.
For all transport infrastructure projects, it is of fundamental importance that long-term social orientation increases and the corresponding objective cost-benefit comparisons are made as the basis of decisions. In specific cases, maglev trains can certainly contribute to the organization of more efficient mobility.
As magnetic levitation (maglev) systems might begin to come on line around the world, questions surrounding these new transportation technologies will naturally and inevitably arise. These aspects should be discussed scientifically. This website identifies experts and specialist topics for objective consideration of issues relating to the mobility of the future.
The International Maglev Board (IMB) was founded in 1997 by Karl-Hartmut Blesik († 8 November 2006) and Johannes Klühspies.