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"Maglev to Destroy Habitat, Climate" ?
By Randal O'Toole
A proposed maglev line between Washington and Baltimore will disrupt 1,000 acres of “parks, recreational facilities and wetlands,” according to a recently released draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the project. That’s a lot of land considering that all but nine miles of the project would be underground. While 180 acres are for a maintenance facility, the remaining acres represent a right‐of‐way that is an average of 750 feet wide.
[...] By contrast, airlines don’t need any right‐of‐way once they leave the airports.
NASA has facilities that “require minimal disturbances from vibration, artificial lighting and electromagnetic interference,” it says, and it opposes the location of the maglev because it will disturb those facilities. City of Washington planners warn that a proposed station near Mount Vernon Square would destroy the character of that neighborhood.
The project is economically dubious as well. It is currently projected to cost $13.8 billion to $16.8 billion, or $345 million to $420 million per mile. Of course, the actual cost will probably be somewhere between $20 and $30 billion. What do we get for that?
Currently, Amtrak’s Acela covers the route in 29 minutes at fares ranging from $19 to $44. Amtrak’s conventional trains take 37 minutes at fares ranging from $8 to $25. Buses take as little as 40 minutes at fares ranging from $2.50 to $20.
Maglev backers promise their line will take just 15 minutes and that fares will range from $27 to $80, with an average of $60. In other words, it will cost $8 to $36 to save 14 minutes, $19 to $55 to save 22 minutes, or $25 to $60 to save 25 minutes.
Clearly, the main users of the maglev line will be bureaucrats and lobbyists who will have someone else (mainly taxpayers) pay their way. What is less clear is why ordinary taxpayers should pay to build a line that they won’t ever use [...].
Soruce: Cato.org.: O'Toole, Randal: Maglev to Destroy Habitat, Climate. Online: https://www.cato.org/blog/meglev-destro ... at-climate
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Some Route 1 Residents Oppose Proposed High-Speed Maglev Train Through Prince George’s County
https://www.hyattsvillewire.com/2021/04 ... lt-maglev/
Some residents along the Route 1 corridor are coming out against a proposed high-speed train that would whisk riders from D.C. to Baltimore in just 15 minutes. [...]
The preferred route would pass near NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, cut through the middle of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and cross parts of the Patuxent Research Refuge, raising concerns among Route 1 communities about the proposed train’s environmental effects. Others argue that high-speed rail reduces greenhouse gases by offering an alternative to driving.
Unlike the Metro lines through the area or the Purple Line light-rail project, the maglev has no direct benefits to Route 1 communities, since it would start at Mount Vernon Square in D.C. and stop only at the Baltimore-Washington airport and in Baltimore. [...]
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https://dbknews.com/2021/04/14/college- ... lt-maglev/
At its virtual meeting Tuesday, the College Park City Council voted unanimously to provide the city of Greenbelt with legal counsel funds to oppose a proposed maglev train project.
The proposed project would build a 40-mile high-speed rail between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The council will contribute $10,000 in response to a request by Greenbelt to obtain legal counsel to oppose the project.
In a presentation to the College Park City Council, Glaros detailed the environmental justice issues that would arise in the area from the maglev.
One concern is the projected 23 million cubic yards of material that would need to be excavated to build both the underground and aboveground portions of the project [...]
George’s County residents have also raised concerns about potential challenges for stormwater management, noise and vibration, as well as water and power disruptions.
“This project would devastate Amtrak, and so folks that are interested in broader public transportation issues should be mindful of the broader ecosystem in which this train creates challenges for other systems that we know, value and use,” he said.